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England manager Gareth Southgate has named his squad for the upcoming global friendlies that the Three Lions will play later this month against Netherlands in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley on 23rd and 27th March respectively.

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Cook, a midfielder, was captain of the England Under-20 team who became world champions last summer.

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A big omission for Southgate will be the absence of star striker Harry Kane who will be out for at least a month with an ankle injuryfollowing the win over Bournemouth and has been replaced in attack by Arsenal's Danny Welbeck.

Southgate added: "We will be talking to all our players about what might get them into disciplinary trouble during the tournament, whether that's how they approach referees, committing fouls in our areas of the pitch, we have to avoid giving free kicks away". Jack Wilshere should start at the World Cup.

"I think it's a matter that's completely out of my control really".

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Of course, we want as numerous players available to work with, as we don't see them regularly and it's unfortunate that we're missing Harry Kane this time.

'We have travelled all around the world, it is important that our players, their families and the supporters feel safe.

"We would always have briefings, meetings, you know our security guys would keep us up to speed with what's going on and that is very important to us".

Jamie Vardy is in good form, but the recall for Danny Welbeck showed the paucity of options, despite the Arsenal attacker boasting the most goals in the squad (15).

And the Englishman would love to cap it off with making England's World Cup squad.

Southgate said Pope's form merited a call-up to a competitive goalkeeping group.

"Joe has had a hard period with his club", said Southgate.

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