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Hughton heaps praise on Dunk after England call-up

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Brighton & Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has heaped praises on Lewis Dunk after the defender was called up into the latest England squad.

Dunk was given his second England call-up ahead of next week’s games against USA and Croatia (in the UEFA Nations League) respectively, and Hughton spoke glowingly of the defender’s capabilities and his progression during his own time on the south coast so far.

“He’s a gifted footballer and in this era you have to be just that as central defender – in training games and possession drills he keeps the ball very well and very comfortable,” he said, according to the club’s official website.

“He also has a few old-fashioned great traits – he’s very brave and if there’s a chance to throw himself in the way of a ball then he’s willing and capable of doing that.

“He’s of a good size and that makes him good in the air, but most of all it’s been his progress that’s impressed me. He’s always improved throughout my time here and for the whole of his career and he’s matured on the field too.”

Dunk will be hoping to continue his impressive run of performances when Brighton travel to Wales to face Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.