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Southgate forced into change after calling up wrong twin for England U21 squad

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Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate is no stranger to embarrassment - his woeful penalty at Euro '96 saw England lose on penalties to Germany in the semi-finals, and he famously wore a brown paper bag in a pizza advert to hide his face in shame.

And it seems that he may have to dig that paper bag out once more: the England U21 boss was left red-faced after calling up the wrong player for his national side.

Southgate intended to call up Manchester United youngster Michael Keane, and had picked him for his side to face Wales in their match this week.

But due to a blunder somewhere at the FA, his twin brother, Will, had mistakenly been registered instead - and Michael was therefore not able to claim his place in the team.

Southgate was forced into a late call-up of Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah instead, since it was too late to sort out Michael's paperwork when the blunder was discovered an hour before kick-off.

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Michael Keane (left) and brother Will

You read that right: an hour before kick-off. Early Doors has no idea whose job it is to check these things out, but we'd imagine that they are now looking for a new job - hopefully they'll find something which doesn't require them to distinguish between blood relatives.

“We had an admin error so Michael wasn’t registered. I don’t know exactly why yet, it’s not one I’ve seen before," said Southgate.

"I really feel for the lad because he’s key to what we’re doing. But we adapted to that, with Nathaniel going in, who was very composed, and these are things you’ll face along the way.

"It’s important that the team reacted the way that they did and did it so smoothly."

England did indeed react well, winning the match 1-0 to record their fifth consecutive win in the Euro U21 qualifiers.

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