England squad: Gareth Southgate hints at Crystal Palace duo Tyrick Mitchell and Michael Olise

Southgate faces a left-back crisis for this month’s friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, with Ben Chilwell and Kieran Trippier injured, and Luke Shaw yesterday included in the squad despite his recent return of Covid and his injury.

The England manager has revealed Mitchell, 22, is ‘very close’ to a first call-up and suggested he may have a chance after this weekend’s games, particularly if Shaw is ruled out for Manchester again United.

“Tyrick, we were really impressed. He was very close,” Southgate said. “I think he’s been very good with his defence, he comes out with people quickly and in the biggest games against the best opponents he’s done really well.

“Listen, who knows – we might have some changes over the weekend and he’s part of our thoughts.”

Southgate also revealed he wants Palace’s Michael Olise, who was named to the France U-21 squad for the first time, and Fulham’s Portugal U-21 international Fabio Carvalho to defect to England .

“Michael Olise has had a great season with Palace, we love him. We would really like him to be with us,” Southgate said.

“There is an opportunity for him with France who he has been with since the Under-18s, so there is a decision for him and his family there.

“With Fabio Carvalho, once again, we love him. We would have liked to include him in our U-21s but he doesn’t have an English passport.

“He was able to play in our younger age groups without a passport, but he has to pass the tests to be able to get the passport, so we couldn’t select him for the 21-year-olds. We would have liked to do that. He is in the Portugal U-21s, not their seniors, but we couldn’t do much about that.

“This passport test is what everyone has to pass and if you don’t pass it, you won’t get it. I don’t think I would pass it by passing! But that’s the situation.”


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