England bring in Keane

England manager Gareth Southgate

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England boss Gareth Southgate has drafted in Everton defender Michael Keane for this month’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil after a number of injury worries.

The Everton defender had been struggling with injury recently but he returned to help the Toffees record a 3-2 victory over Watford on Sunday afternoon.

He has already been called up this season and the former Burnley man will be determined to maintain his push for a regular starting spot under Southgate.

The former Middlesbrough coach will be without midfielder Dele Alli after he withdrew due to injury. Alli picked up a hamstring injury before Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace and he will now be hoping to return to club duty once the international break is finished.

Alli’s team-mates Harry Kane and Harry Winks are both to be assessed before linking up with the rest of the squad at St George’s Park.

Speaking about Winks’ injury, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports: “He twisted his ankle. It’s a little bit painful.

“We must assess him with our medical staff and with the national team medical staff too. He’s so excited to play for the national team. I don’t know (if he can play).

It’s about him and both (teams of) medical staff.” Chelsea’s Gary Cahill is also struggling with a knock, while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been battling a thigh problem.

England will do battle with Germany at Wembley on Friday November 10 before they then welcome five-time world champions Brazil to the national stadium just four days later.

The Three Lions are 2.75 to win, with the draw 3.10, while Joachim Low’s side are priced at 2.50 to win in London.

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