Joe Gomez in line for England recall while Phillips sweats on place in squad

England face Brazil and Belgium in friendlies this monthSouthgate could pick Dier and hand Branthwaite first call-up

Gareth Southgate is considering handing the Liverpool defender Joe Gomez an international recall when but Kalvin Phillips is sweating on his place in the England squad after a poor run of form.

Southgate will on Thursday name his squad for this month’s friendlies against Brazil and Belgium but his plans have been hit by injuries to players in a variety of positions. One of the main headaches is a defensive crisis that has sidelined Kieran Trippier, Ezri Konsa, Marc Guéhi, Reece James and Luke Shaw. Harry Maguire, Levi Colwill and Ben Chilwell are doubts.

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