What ‘very patriotic’ Newcastle United star Anthony Gordon has already said about his England call-up

Anthony Gordon has been called up for England duty ahead of their double-header against Brazil and BelgiumAnthony Gordon has been called up for England duty ahead of their double-header against Brazil and Belgium
Anthony Gordon has been called up for England duty ahead of their double-header against Brazil and Belgium | Getty Images
Anthony Gordon has been called up for England and could make his international debut against Bruno Guimaraes' Brazil on March 23

Anthony Gordon has fulfilled his “biggest aim in football” after being called up for the upcoming England squad.

The Three Lions are set to face Brazil and Belgium - two international titans - as tune-ups for Euro 2024. Either game could result in Gordon making his senior debut following an impressive campaign for Newcastle United.

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Gareth Southgate revealed the winger was “close” ahead of the November international break after watching him in the opening throes of the campaign. Four months on, Gordon has continued his form to earn a place in the 25-man squad.

An impressive 10 goals and seven assists across all competitions is the 23-year-old’s most productive return yet since making his professional debut. Many were writing Gordon off on arrival from Everton but, less than 18 months on, he is one of the first names on Eddie Howe’s team sheet.

Gordon has also done it the “Gareth Southgate way” having earned his stripes as an under-21 before moving up to the senior ranks. The Toon favourite earned Player of the Tournament as the youngsters won the Euros last summer.

There were doubts about Gordon making the squad after suffering a knee injury that forced him off against Chelsea. Social media rumours were rife about a possible season-ending setback but his withdrawal is now understood to be precautionary - as he prepares for an England bow.

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Speaking in January, a “very patriotic” Gordon opened up about wanting to represent his country. He told TNT Sports: “My short-term goal is just to play for England. It’s my biggest aim in football. I’m very patriotic.

“I loved playing for England (at junior level). I’m not sure how close I am. Hopefully, that’s the next step for me. Then, I have some longer-term goals that I want to be really impactful in the team and help the team win tournaments. If I’m scoring or assisting, that’s all I can do, the rest is not up to me. Hopefully, I’m close (to a call-up).”

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