Sunderland midfielder wins first USMNT call-up, Jordan Pickford withdraws from England Under-21 squad

Lynden Gooch in action.
Lynden Gooch in action.
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Sunderland midfielder Lynden Gooch has received his first call-up to the senior United States squad.

The American-born midfielder has been named in a 23-man squad for an historic friendly against Cuba after breaking into the first team at Sunderland this season under new manager David Moyes.

Jordan Pickford in action for Sunderland

Jordan Pickford in action for Sunderland

Gooch has travelled to Miami before the US squad head to Havana for a first game on Cuban soil since 1947, with the game due to be played on October 7.

Jurgen Klinsmann's side will then host New Zealand in Washington four days later.

Meanwhile, Jordan Pickford has been withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad due to a thigh niggle.

The goalkeeper, who has impressed since being handed the gloves after Vito Mannone's injury, will remain on Wearside for treatment but may link up with the Three Lions squad later this week if the injury settles down.

Brighton keeper Christian Walton has been called into the squad ahead of Thursday night's game in Kazakhstan.

England then face Bosnia in Walsall on Tuesday 11th October.