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Crystal Palace's Eze handed first England call-up

24 May 2023
Eberechi Eze, Crystal Palace

Gareth Southgate announces 25-man squad for June's European qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia

Crystal Palace's in-form midfielder Eberechi Eze has been handed a maiden call-up to the senior England squad for the upcoming European qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.

Eze has produced six goals and one assist in nine matches since Roy Hodgson returned to take charge of Palace in March.

Trent Alexander-Arnold also returns having missed the March fixtures, while Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Lewis Dunk is part of the squad for the first time since 2018. Tyrone Mings is recalled for the first time in over a year.

Chelsea star Raheem Sterling has been left out by mutual decision following talks with manager Gareth Southgate.

England are looking to continue their perfect start in UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying having won their first two matches in Group C.

They beat Italy 2-1 with Harry Kane netting a penalty that saw him become the country's outright leading goalscorer of all time, and then proceeded to beat Ukraine 2-0 to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for next summer's tournament in Germany.

Southgate's side travel to Malta on Friday 16 June before hosting North Macedonia at Old Trafford on Monday 19 June.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham United)
Forwards: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Maddison (Leicester City),  Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)

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