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England call up Brighton's Lewis Dunk to replace Burnley's James Tarkowski

England have called up Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk for the first time as an injury replacement for Burnley's James Tarkowski.

Dunk, 26, will join up with the rest of his England teammates on Monday ahead of Nations League games against Croatia on Oct. 12 and Spain on Oct. 15.

"We are absolutely thrilled for Lewis," Brighton manager Chris Hughton said in a statement. "He fully deserves this call up. He has shown his quality in the Premier League and his progression has been a steady and consistent one."

Dunk, who signed a new five-year contract with Brighton on Friday, has made more than 200 appearances for the club, who he joined aged 10.

A former under-21 international, Dunk is the first Brighton player to be called up by England since Steve Foster in 1982 and only the fourth overall.

He is the fourth player to earn his first England call-up this time around, joining Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, Derby County's Mason Mount and Leicester City's James Maddison.

Tarkowski withdrew from the squad on Sunday after aggravating a groin injury in the draw against Huddersfield Town a day earlier.

"I've had a problem for quite a while now and we're working hard to get things right, but it's not as simple as just a week's rest and everything's fine," Tarkowski told Burnley's website. "We've got to be at it all the time to get things right, which we are doing, and hopefully over the next few weeks we can get that right."

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