Anthony Gordon's first words on England call-up as Newcastle United star sets 1966 goal

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Anthony Gordon has hit sights set on winning a major tournament with England following his first international call-up

Anthony Gordon has vowed to seize his England opportunity after earning a maiden international call-up.

His hard work for Newcastle United was rewarded on Thursday afternoon when Gareth Southgate announced a 25-man squad for upcoming clashes against Brazil and Belgium. The Three Lions boss revealed Gordon was “close” ahead of the November international break and, by continuing his impressive form, the Toon winger made the cut.

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There were fears Gordon could cruelly miss the double-header when he was forced off during Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Monday. However, the knee injury is not as bad as first feared and he is in contention to play this weekend.

Gordon - who won Player of the Tournament at the under-21 Euros last summer - has achieved a lifelong dream. The 23-year-old opened up about wanting to represent England and now he gets a chance to shine against two international heavyweights.

Speaking to NUFC TV, Gordon was overawed with emotion after receiving the call - and set his sights on ending England’s 58-year wait for silverware. He said: “Words can’t really describe it, to be honest. Obviously, you know you have a chance but finding out for that first time was a relief.

“It’s what I’ve been working my whole life for so to get to this point is incredible. I found out about an hour before training. I got a text message (from the FA), told a few of the lads and was over the moon.

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“I remember looking at my phone and all the feelings I’ve had over the past few days, where I’ve been nervous, just drained out of my body. As footballers, we chase this dream from five years old. Every day of your life is heading to achieve this.

“Thankfully, I’ve managed to get here and I couldn't be happier at the minute. But I don’t want to just be called up for this camp - I want to be playing in the England squad. My aspiration is to have an impact and be part of a team that wins a tournament.”

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