Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Adam Wharton and described his progress as an 'incredible rise'.

Five months ago, the 20-year-old was in the final days of his Blackburn Rovers career. Now, he has been called up for England's training squad ahead of the European Championships.

Wharton only received his first England Under-21s call-up in March but such has been his form at Crystal Palace, he was impossible for Southgate to ignore.

“It has been an incredible rise,” the Three Lions boss said.

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“If you look at him and [Manchester United’s Kobbie] Mainoo five or six months ago, I don’t think any of us would think we would be talking in this way.

“But this is a little bit of a reflection of the strength in depth in that area of the pitch, but also that the two boys have played well.

[He is a] good technician – he can handle the ball really well. He’s got a calmness about him that I really like.

“Palace have found a system that really suits him with a back three behind. There are bits we need to find out about that. It also suits Eze and Olise because they are off the wings, not having to defend so far back.

“He is in a good moment, he is confident and we are keen to find out more about him.”