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Keane and Heaton in England Squad

16 March 2017

Michael Keane and Tom Heaton have both been been included in the England squad for the up-coming games against Germany and Lithuania.

The Burnley pair have been named in a 23-man squad by boss Gareth Southgate for a friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday, 22 March and a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday, 26 March.

Central defender Keane, who is yet to win a senior cap, keeps his place after being called up for the first time last October following an injury to Stoke's Glen Johnson and then being selected in his original squad by Southgate for a November double-header.

Clarets' captain Heaton replaced Joe Hart in goal to play as a second-half substitute in a 2-2 friendly draw with Spain in the second of those games to earn his second full cap.

"I'm delighted to be in the squad. It's been a fantastic journey so far being involved in it and I'm hungry for it to continue and kick on from here," said Heaton.

"I'm delighted for Michael as well.

"It's great for the club and I think Andre (Gray) is knocking on the door. It's a great marker to see how far the club has come and where it's going."

England top Group F with an unbeaten record as they look to reach the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia.

England squad: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Michael Keane (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Man City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).



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