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Solanke, Cook and Gunn to feature for England vs Brazil

England manager Gareth Southgate handed shock call-ups to young stars Angus Gunn, Lewis Cook and Dominic Solanke ahead of the friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.

None of the trio have played for the senior England side before and two of the three have only just started to make regular appearances in the Premier League, while one is still waiting for his top flight debut. Even so, Southgate has said he ‘will not hesistate’ to give them their first senior caps against Tite’s side at Wembley.

What can you expect from the three players? Sportsmail has put together a brief look at Gunn, Cook and Solanke ahead of the game at Wembley. 

Angus Gunn, Lewis Cook and Dominic Solanke (l-r) could feature for England against Brazil

Angus Gunn

The son of former Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, who was part of the side that famously finished third in the inaugural Premier League season before helping the Canaries beat Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium. 

Angus made a huge impression last summer when he saved three penalties against Borussia Dortmund for Manchester City during a pre-season friendly, catching the eye of manager Pep Guardiola.

After Jordan Pickford stepped up his involvement with the senior side, Gunn went on to establish himself as England Under-21s’ preferred goalkeeper.

Gunn first caught the eye during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund

Gunn first caught the eye during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund

Gunn has spent this season on loan at Norwich, making 16 appearances in the Championship. 

While Norwich’s form has been up and down, the 21-year-old has impressed, keeping seven clean sheets in those games.

After the call-up, his father said: ‘I would think the calmest person was probably Angus – he takes everything in his stride and he is never overwhelmed by things. It’s just the next step for him and it’s reward for all the hard work that he has put in.’

He has spent this season on loan at Norwich and has impressed for the Championship side

He has spent this season on loan at Norwich and has impressed for the Championship side

Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook became England’s first World Cup winning captain since Bobby Moore in the summer after helping the Under-20s to victory in South Korea. 

He has long been regarded as a serious prospect for the Three Lions after making his first-team breakthrough at Leeds at 17-years-old.

During his time at Elland Road he demonstrated a maturity beyond his years. Over a period in which Leeds changed managers more often than some people change underwear, he was a bastion of consistency in central midfield.

Central midfielder Cook has been regarded as a highly-rated prospect since his breakthrough

Central midfielder Cook has been regarded as a highly-rated prospect since his breakthrough

The 20-year-old captained his country to a victory at the Under-20s World Cup this summer

The 20-year-old captained his country to a victory at the Under-20s World Cup this summer

He showed an ability to pass the ball and drive with it up the field while clearly having an edge to his game, in the mould of former Leeds favourite and England midfielder David Batty.

Eddie Howe and Bournemouth came calling, signing him up for £6million in the summer of 2016. 

Cook struggled for first-team appearances last season as he fell behind loanee Jack Wilshere in the pecking order. After fans started to campaign for his inclusion amid a run of poor form, he was given a chance and has played in four of Bournemouth’s last five Premier League games.

The 20-year-old is supremely confident and, asked whether he is ready to step up on Tuesday, replied: ‘I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t.’

He has also impressed this campaign for Bournemouth, playing four of their last five games

He has also impressed this campaign for Bournemouth, playing four of their last five games

Dominic Solanke

‘My conscience tells me that if, for example, Baker, Brown, and Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself’. These were the words of Jose Mourinho back in 2015.

Being tipped for a senior call-up by the former Chelsea and current Manchester United manager, a man not famed for youth development, is quite the endorsement. Few would have expected Solanke to reach this point by walking the path he has.

The 20-year-old refused to sign a new deal with Chelsea last season, which curtailed his progression. They did not want to play him when they knew they would be robbed of one of their most highly-rated young players. 

Solanke decided to leave Chelsea in the summer amid a lack of first-team opportunities 

Solanke decided to leave Chelsea in the summer amid a lack of first-team opportunities 

He made the switch to Liverpool, where he has already received more first-team chances, featuring in seven Premier League games, than most of his contemporaries in west London.

He is regarded as a goalscorer of some ability. That is probably best demonstrated by his form at the Under-20 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball. Solanke bagged four times and at crucial points too, scoring the only goal of the game against Mexico in the quarter-finals and twice in the last-four.

The striker admitted he was shocked by his call-up: ‘It came as a surprise but anything can happen as a footballer. It can change quickly. If you get an opportunity you have to take it.’

He has featured in seven games for Liverpool in the Premier League this season already

He has featured in seven games for Liverpool in the Premier League this season already

 

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