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Former Sheffield Wednesday forward Benik Afobe has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21s squad ahead of the 2015 European Championship.

Afobe, who was on loan at the Owls last year, joins Southgate’s 27-man squad ahead of the tournament which runs from June 17-30 in the Czech Republic.

Former Barnsley youth player John Stones and loanee Jack Butland have also been named. While Michael Keane, twin brother of Sheffield Wednesday loanee Will, has also been called up.

Gareth Southgate’s England side have won 13 of their last 14 matches.

England have been grouped with Italy, Portugal and Sweden.

The 27-man England squad:

Goalkeepers

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)

Defenders

Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, on loan at West Ham United), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)

Benik Afobe while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday

Benik Afobe while on loan at Sheffield Wednesday

Midfielders

Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at Swansea City), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards

Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, on loan at Middlesbrough), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)

* The 27-man squad will be cut to 23 players by Uefa’s deadline on 2 June.