Blooding youngsters is path forward for England, says Gareth Southgate

• Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Angus Gunn called up to squad for Brazil
• Manager said his successor may reap rewards of focusing on young players

Gareth Southgate has said his successor as England manager may end up benefiting most from the current setup’s commitment to youth progression, with a trio of players from the England under-21s called up for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil.

The Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook is to join Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke and the Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who is on loan from Manchester City, in the senior squad for the game at Wembley having played in the juniors’ 2-0 European Championship qualifying win in Ukraine on Friday.

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