Gareth Southgate continues to place faith in radical youth policy with England

England’s manager has justified calling up two more rookies for the Brazil friendly as they will learn quickly, however they play on the night

It was the kind of moment Gareth Southgate must have envisaged when the idea to call up two players from England’s Under-20 World Cup-winning side was discussed in the aftermath of Friday’s encouraging draw with Germany.

With eight players including Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson having already pulled out of Tuesday’s friendly with Brazil, the addition of Lewis Cook of Bournemouth and Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke was an indication of the kind of long-term planning that is quickly becoming Southgate’s hallmark.

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