August 24, 2017 / 1:39 PM / a year ago

Soccer-Maguire and Chalobah win first England call-ups

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Leicester City defender Harry Maguire and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah have been given their first call-ups to the England team by manager Gareth Southgate.

The pair are named in a 28-man squad for the away game at Malta on Sept. 1 and the home fixture against Slovakia at Wembley three days later.

The 24-year-old central defender Maguire impressed last season with Hull City before making a move to Leicester during the close-season.

Chalobah, a product of Chelsea’s youth system who has been a regular for England at age-group level, joined Watford recently after several loan spells during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Southgate has also called up uncapped goalkeeper Jordan Pickford of Everton. (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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