England squad 'leak' as Newcastle United, Everton & West Ham stars learn fate

Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on March 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on March 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Anthony Gordon of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on March 11, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Speculation is building as Gareth Southgate prepares to name his England squad for friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon is set to receive his first senior England call-up for friendlies against Brazil and Belgium later this month.

Gareth Southgate will name his squad at 2pm today (Thursday) and rumours are circulating on social media that Gordon has indeed made the cut.

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The 23-year-old is one of Premier League's most in-form wingers with his goal during the recent 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers taking his goalscoring tally to 10 for the season.

It was feared a knee injury picked up in Monday's 3-2 defeat at Chelsea - watched by Southgate - would prevent Gordon from linking up at St George's Park next week, however the suggestions are he has avoided a serious injury, making him available for selection.

Asked about an England call-up in an interview with the Daily Mail, Gordon said last week: "I absolutely love playing for England. Those words can be said too easily. I've played with players in the youth system and they'll throw on Instagram, 'Always an honour'. 

"I'm thinking, 'You've just hated those two weeks away'. I take so much pride in it. It feels like a going-to-war-type feeling for me.

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"I understand the competition, and the ability in that team is frightening. But I've done my utmost - I've ran every yard I possibly could and I've scored and assisted at a good level. I've still got more to give, but I can be proud and say, "I've given it everything".

Meanwhile, Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is also set to receive his first call up. The 21-year-old, alongside Gordon, was part of the England U21s team that won the European Championship last summer.

Liverpool's Joe Gomez is in line for his first cap in five years, while Jarrod Bowen is expected to feature. However his West Ham United teammate Kalvin Phillips has reportedly been left out.

Elsewhere, former Magpies striker Ivan Toney is set for a recall - just weeks after returning from his eight month for breaching gambling rules.

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