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Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford replaces Tom Heaton in England squad

Published 09/10/2016

Jordan Pickford will join the England squad in Slovenia
Jordan Pickford will join the England squad in Slovenia

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been called into the England squad for the first time after Tom Heaton withdrew due to injury.

The 22-year-old from Washington, who has made five Premier League appearances for the Black Cats this season, has previously won nine England Under-21 caps under Gareth Southgate.

The Football Association announced Pickford had been summoned into the contingent who will face Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

Pickford had previously been named in the Under-21 squad for the Euro qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Burnley's official account called Heaton's injury "minor". The 30-year-old Clarets captain made his senior England debut against Australia at the Stadium of Light in May.

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