Lewis Dunk called up for England’s matches against Croatia and Spain

• Brighton defender selected to replace James Tarkowski
• Luke Shaw a doubt after injury against Newcastle

The Brighton defender Lewis Dunk has received a first call-up to the England squad for the Nations League double-header against Croatia and Spain. The 26-year-old signed a new contract with the Seagulls last week and has now toasted that landmark with a place in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad. Dunk is expected to take the place of Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who is an injury doubt.

Meanwhile Luke Shaw is a doubt for England because of a knock he suffered in Manchester United’s win over Newcastle United on Saturday. The left-back played all of the 3-2 victory at Old Trafford but it is understood he has a minor injury that may rule him out of Southgate’s squad.

Shaw has been in impressive form for United after finally establishing himself as first-choice under José Mourinho, having previously struggled to convince the manager of his worth.

Southgate’s players are due to meet up on Monday with their first match on Friday against Croatia at the Stadion HNK Rijeka, before they face Spain at the Estadion Benito de Villamarín in Sevilla the following Monday.


Jamie Jackson and Guardian sport

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