Marc Guehi receives maiden England call

England have called up uncapped Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi for the friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast this month.

Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher, Arsenal defender Ben White and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope have been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate.

Defender Kyle Walker and forwards Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have been left out.

England face Switzerland on 26 March and Ivory Coast on 29 March at Wembley.

Guehi, a 21-year-old Ivory Coast-born centre-back, has played in all but one of Palace’s 29 Premier League games this season since joining from Chelsea last summer.

“He’s had a really consistent season – really impressed on and off the ball,” said Southgate.

“In the biggest games he has been very calm. He’s a junior World Cup winner.”

Injuries ruled out Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, while Manchester United’s Luke Shaw is the only recognised left-back in the squad.

England have never played Ivory Coast at senior level and the match will be their first against non-European opposition since November 2018.

England will play four Nations League games in June, with trips to Hungary and Germany followed by a repeat of the Euro 2020 final at home to Italy and a home game against Hungary.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ben White.

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse.

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Raheem Sterling.

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