Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson has been drafted into the England squad for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with Lithuania as a replacement for the injured Phil Jones.
The 24-year-old centre-back has been a star performer in a struggling Middlesbrough side this season, with reports claiming that the likes of Chelsea and West Ham are interested in signing the ‘Boro captain in the summer.
Gibson has played for England at U17, U18, U20 and U21 level but had yet to receive his maiden call-up to the senior squad.
Gareth Southgate has opted to draft Gibson into the squad for Sunday’s clash with Lithuania given his decision to make a switch to a back three which will require extra centre-back cover.
Michael Keane made his international debut at the back against Germany on Wednesday and perhaps Gibson can make it four debutants in this international break along with Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond.