England Under-21 call-up for Sunderland duo

Duncan Watmore
Duncan Watmore

Sunderland duo Duncan Watmore and Jordan Pickford have been called up to the England Under-21 squad for this month’s Toulon Tournament.

Gareth Southgate will next week take a 20-man group to southern France for the competition, which will see the Three Lions face Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan in their initial group games.

And Southgate has been able to call upon an experienced squad, with 12 of those selected for the trip having played at Toulon either last year for the U20s under Aidy Boothroyd or in 2014 with his own side.

Pickford and Watmore are both expected to start Sunderland's season finale at Watford on Sunday afternoon after the club secured their Premier League status with a game to spare.

Watmore is back in the England squad after missing March’s Euro Qualifier with Switzerland through injury.

There are also first call-ups for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, who last year declared his international allegiance to England after previously representing Republic of Ireland, and Chelsea's Kasey Palmer who has been included in Guus Hiddink's senior squad in recent weeks after an impressive season at Stamford Bridge.

The squad will meet at St. George’s Park on Monday, before they travel to France ahead of Thursday’s opening game with Portugal.

England will then take on Guinea (23 May), Paraguay (25 May) and Japan (27 May) in their group games before a potential fifth game on Sunday 29 May should Southgate’s team finish top or second in the group.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)

Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Napoli, loan from Chelsea), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)