Gibson called up to England squad for World Cup qualifier

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(Reuters) - England manager Gareth Southgate has called up uncapped Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, the English FA said on Friday.

Gibson replaces the injured Chris Smalling, who played in England's 1-0 defeat by Germany in a friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday and has returned to his club Manchester United for treatment.

Fellow centre back Gary Cahill, who captained the side in Germany, is suspended for the Lithuania game and has also left the training camp.

Gibson, 24, has never won a senior cap for England, but played for the Under-21s under Southgate.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed osmond)

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