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England Under-21 boss calls up the wrong player

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New to the job, you want a good start, but this is far from what England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has had.

He was left thoroughly frustrated as well as embarrassed this week; after he accidentally registered the wrong player to play in their game against Wales.

Southgate, like Roy Hodgson is for June, is looking through his squad ahead of the Euro 2015 play-offs.

The former Middlesbrough gaffer thought that he had called on Manchester United centre-back Michael Keane for the clash with Wales, but the admin team hadn't yet had their say.

An hour before kick-off, with Keane in line to play, he was unexpectedly pulled from the squad after somebody finally realised that there was an apparent ‘administrative error’.

The Metro reports, the defender’s twin, Will Keane, who also plays for Manchester United but is on-loan at QPR, was instead registered when Michael never was.

It meant that neither of the Keane brothers played any part in the clash, while Southgate admitted that he was left furious with the mistake.

"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 feel really bad for the lad as he’s a key part of what we’re doing."

A good way to start. Not a common mistake though I must say.

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