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Southgate Promotes Young Lions

England supporters will be hoping for a glimpse of the future this week after Gareth Southgate called up three uncapped youngsters for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.

James Maddison, who has made an instant impact at Leicester since his summer move from Norwich, had been expected to be named in the squad, but the other two new additions came as a surprise.

Mason Mount has been starring for Derby in the Championship at the start of his season-long loan from Chelsea, and Jadon Sancho has been creating chances aplenty for Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

However, the two teenagers had been tipped to be included in the Under-21 squad rather than be called up for the seniors.

England visit the coastal town of Rijeka on Friday night to take on World Cup finalists Croatia, although the game will be played behind closed doors as the hosts serve the second of a two-game UEFA ban.

Southgate will then take his squad to the Estadio Benito de Villamarin in Seville, the home of Real Betis, to take on Spain. Spain have won both games in the group so far, beating England 2-1 at Wembley before thumping Croatia 6-0.

Croatia are the marginal favourites with most bookmakers to win on Friday night, with England available at a best price of 9/5* with Betfred.

*All odds quoted are subject to change