Leicester defender Luke Thomas in contention for first senior England call-up

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Luke Thomas in contention for first senior England call-up for March friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast after Gareth Southgate watched the Leicester defender in defeat to Tottenham

  • Luke Thomas has been in impressive form for Leicester City this season
  • Gareth Southgate watched the defender in midweek 3-2 defeat to Tottenham
  • He could be called up for March friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast
  • Ben Chilwell is out injured and Luke Shaw is struggling for form at Man United 


Leicester defender Luke Thomas is in contention for a first senior England call-up when Gareth Southgate names his squad for friendlies against Ivory Coast and Switzerland.

The Foxes academy product was watched by Southgate when they were beaten 3-2 by Tottenham on Wednesday and has delivered a number of impressive displays this season.

With Ben Chilwell out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury, and Luke Shaw having a difficult season at Manchester United, Southgate may turn to Thomas in the spring as he prepares for the World Cup later this year.

Leicester defender Luke Thomas is in contention for a first call-up to the senior England squad

Leicester defender Luke Thomas is in contention for a first call-up to the senior England squad

England manager Gareth Southgate (left) watched the Leicester vs Tottenham game this week

England manager Gareth Southgate (left) watched the Leicester vs Tottenham game this week

Thomas was expected to compete with Ryan Bertrand for a first-team spot this term after the latter’s arrival last summer but Bertrand’s struggles – coupled with Thomas’ good form – have given the 20-year-old an extended run in the team.

Thomas has already played for England from Under-18 level through to Under-21 and as long as he maintains form and fitness, he has put himself in a strong position for selection.

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