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6th Nov, 2017 | 3:52pm

Finally some good news for the beleaguered Everton defence

By George Brooks

Everton defender Michael Keane has been called into the England squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Brazil at Wembley this month.

The 24-year-old has been drafted into Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad in place of Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

Alli was ruled out of Spurs’ 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Sunday with a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile Keane, who had been out with a foot injury, returned to the Everton side and played in Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 win over Watford at Goodison Park.

England host Germany this coming Friday, before welcoming Brazil on Tuesday November 14, as they begin their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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The England squad are due to report at St. George’s Park today ahead of the double-header at Wembley Stadium.

The FA report that Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Harry Winks along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill are to undergo further assessment at their clubs before joining up with the squad.

Keane has four caps for his country and made his Three Lions debut in the 1-0 defeat to Germany in a friendly in March this year.

He played in both England’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania last month.

Keane moved to Goodison Park from Premier League rivals Burnley on a five-year deal in the summer.

In other Everton news, former boss Roberto Martinez says the Toffees need to appoint a new manager with experience if they want to challenge for silverware.

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