England’s Southgate tabs Burnley back to replace injured Johnson

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Make way for the youth, or at least a youth, in England’s international set-up.

Burnley center back Michael Keane, 23, could make his England debut this week after being called-up to replace the injured Glen Johnson.

Keane is the second injury replacement for England, which asked Andros Townsend to fill-in for Raheem Sterling.

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Keane has represented England at the U19-U21 levels after playing for Ireland’s U17s and U19s. He hails from the Manchester United Academy, where he came through the ranks with his twin brother. Will Keane moved to Hull City this year.

Gareth Southgate is leading England in the wake of Sam Allardyce‘s shocking departure. The Three Lions face Malta on Saturday and Slovenia on Oct. 11 in World Cup qualifying.