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England set for Netherlands, Italy friendlies in March ahead of World Cup

Gareth Southgate insists he's open to throwing Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn into the mix against Brazil. Dominic Solanke admits he was surprised to receive a call-up to the England national team for the first time. England manager Gareth Southgate reveals Phil Jones was fine after he was taken off due to injury and applauded his side's tactical performance against Germany. Gareth Southgate says England will be forced into looking at the U21 side in order to fill gaps in the senior team left by injuries. England will play Netherlands and Italy in March as part of their preparations for next summer's World Cup, the Football Association has confirmed. Gareth Southgate's squad will travel to the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on March 23 before hosting Italy at Wembley on March 27. Neither nation qualified for the World Cup after Netherlands finished third in their group behind France and Sweden, and Italy were beaten by the latter in a two-legged playoff, losing 1-0 on aggregate after Monday's 0-0......


Published By: ESPN FC - Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

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