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Squad to face Scotland and France

Gareth Southgate names 25-man group for June fixtures

Thursday 25 May 2017

England manager Gareth Southgate has called up 25 players for June’s games against Scotland and France.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kieran Trippier is the only new face in the squad, while Jack Butland returns for the first time since injuring his knee in the Three Lions’ victory over Germany last March.

Uncapped Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, who was drafted into the squad for March’s game against Lithuania, retains his place in the group – as does Jermain Defoe, who scored in that victory at Wembley.

Looking ahead to next month’s fixtures, Southgate told “The Scotland game is one of football’s great fixtures.

“We’re in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that’s what we want to achieve.

“France is a great challenge for us. Our ambition with our friendly matches is to play the best possible teams – we’ve done that by playing Spain and Germany already. They’re teams we want to test ourselves against and these are great opportunities to learn and improve.

“A game away in the Stade de France will be a brilliant occasion for the players.”

By FA Staff