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Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray, Dominic Solanke in line for England call

Gareth Southgate denies that players value clubs over England after a string of withdrawals from the national team.
Defender John Stones says facing Germany and Brazil at Wembley will bring out the best in England.
England's Eric Dier believes the side should be playing matches against the best team in the world to test themselves.

England manager Gareth Southgate is planning to add more fresh faces to his squad by calling up uncapped trio Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Demarai Gray and Dominic Solanke for Tuesday's friendly against Brazil at Wembley.

Everton's Calvert-Lewin and Liverpool forward Solanke, Under-20 World Cup winners in the summer, as well as Leicester winger Gray, are part of the England under-21 squad for Friday's European Championship qualifier in Ukraine, but are expected to join the senior squad if they come through the match unscathed.

Solanke, 20, has not started a Premier League game or scored since moving to Liverpool from Chelsea in the summer, while 21-year-old Gray has been a bit-part player for Leicester so far this season, starting just three league games. Forward Calvert-Lewin, 20, has been a regular for Everton, scoring twice in the league.

Southgate's squad is already packed with young players and he is reportedly set to give debuts to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham, the 21-year-olds on loan from Chelsea at Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively, and 23-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford against world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday.

Harry Maguire, who has one cap, Kieran Trippier (2) and Jake Livermore (5) are also contenders to start the friendly in what could be the least experienced England side since 1976, according to reports

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dominic Solanke England U20s
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dominic Solanke won the Under-20 World Cup with England in the summer.

Despite losing seven regulars to injury, including captains Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson, Southgate has refused to turn to Jermain Defoe, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge or Jack Wilshere, who were left out of the original 26-man squad, despite being fit.

Speaking on Thursday, the England manager said he hoped to replicate Germany's success at bringing through young players.

"If we don't try things now, when will we?" Southgate said. "And it's not just about Russia [next summer's World Cup], it's beyond that. Germany took a young team to the Confederations Cup. They are brave enough to take decisions which might get them results or might not. They are constantly evolving and that's what we have to do."

Meanwhile, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is expected to be out for between four and six weeks after suffering a broken finger while on England duty.

Butland sustained the injury in training this week and had to withdraw from the squad as a result.

The 24-year-old had the injury assessed by Stoke's medical staff on Friday and although he does not need an operation, Press Association Sport reports Butland will be sidelined until around Christmas time.

It is a blow for Butland, who had been tipped to start at least one of England's games against Germany and Brazil.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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