Galloway in line for England Under-21 debut

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2015 2:58

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Everton defender Brendan Galloway is in line for his England Under-21 debut after being one of four uncapped players called up.

The 19-year-old missed games against USA and Norway last month after pulling out of the squad with a knee injury.

But he has been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Kazakhstan for their European Under-21 Championship qualifier in Coventry on October 13.

Galloway has impressed at Everton this season, making seven appearances while deputising for the injured Leighton Baines.

Southgate said: “Brendan’s got in again, he’s another product of Milton Keynes’ academy which is another feather in their cap. He was in our squad last month but was injured. We’re looking forward to working with him.

“He’s a versatile player, he’s playing at left-back at the moment but can play centre-back and in midfield. He’s another good character, a good type, which gives him a chance to succeed.

“He’s at a good club who are good at giving young English players their opportunity and that’s important to recognise.”

Galloway joined Everton from MK Dons in 2014 and made his debut at West Ham in May.

Lewis Baker – currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem from Chelsea – Hull’s Arsenal loanee Chuba Akpom and Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, on loan at Bury, have also been included.

Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond are also in Southgate’s squad along with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been playing in midfield for Spurs this season and, as he hunts his ninth cap, Southgate has been impressed with the 21-year-old’s development.

He added: “In the last 12-18 months his progression has been fantastic. That’s credit to Tottenham because they have managed him very well. He is maturing and it’s showing in his performances.”

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