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Sunderland keeper Pickford handed first England call-up

Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford has played seven games for Sunderland this season

Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford has been given his first England call-up after being drafted into the squad to face Slovenia in Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier.

He replaces Burnley’s Tom Heaton, who has picked up a minor injury.

Pickford, 22, had been due to link up with the Under-21s for their Euro qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has also joined the squad, replacing Ryan Bertrand.

The Southampton defender suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 win over Malta.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37538756