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Saturday 16 December 2017

Solanke's big call

Dominic Solanke. Pic: PA
Dominic Solanke. Pic: PA

Dominic Solanke could make a dream England debut against Brazil - before the talented striker has even made a Premier League start (live ITV, kick-off 8.0).

A spate of injuries has meant Gareth Southgate's World Cup preparations have started in a far more experimental fashion than planned.

Five players were handed their debuts in Friday's encouraging 0-0 draw with Germany and three even fresher faces are in the squad to face the five-time world champions on Tuesday.

Lewis Cook, Angus Gunn and Solanke have been drafted in from the Under-21s to bolster the senior ranks to face Brazil, despite the fact the latter have yet to start a Premier League match.

"It came as a surprise, really, but anything can happen as a footballer," Liverpool striker Solanke said. "Football can change quickly so if you get an opportunity, you have to take it.

"Football is all about confidence and belief, and if you believe in yourself and you get an opportunity than all you can do is take it."

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