By Alex Taylor

Arsenal star Kieran Gibbs has been given a surprise call-up to the England squad to face Slovenia, it was announced on Saturday.

The FA’s official website stated that, Gibbs, 27, has been called-up to replace the injured Ryan Bertrand in Gareth Southgate’s squad, ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Ljubljana.

Bertrand limped off early in the second-half during England’s 2-0 win at Wembley on Saturday, leaving room for Gibbs in the squad.

The full-back has played just four times for Arsenal this season in two Premier League, one Champions League and one EFL Cup encounter.

The former Norwich City loanee has been on the periphery in north London after losing his place under Arsene Wenger to Spaniard Nacho Monreal.

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Gibbs has watched from the sidelines for much of this season as the Gunners have made a strong start to their domestic campaign.

Wenger’s side have recovered well from an opening day defeat to Liverpool to claim 16 points from seven games.

Arsenal now sit in third place in England’s top-flight, two points shy of league leaders Manchester City.

The Gunners will take on Swansea, Ludogorets and Middlesbrough within seven days next week as they strive for their first piece of silverware since the 2014/15 FA Cup.

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