Gardner handed England call
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 23-year-old has been given his first senior call, after Southgate went down with a thigh injury.
"Gareth is out with a thigh injury unfortunately," Eriksson told The Football Association's official website.
"So I have called Anthony Gardner into the squad. He is a player I have watched several times and I know he played very well against Arsenal on Saturday.
"This is a good opportunity for the player and a good opportunity for me to have a look at him too."
Gardner was obviously delighted to have received his call-up.
"I thought it was a wind-up at first," said Gardner.
"My next emotion was surprise, just extreme surprise.
"I always look to see who is in the squad when they are announced because I am an England fan first and foremost and always want to know who is in and who is not.
"But I never expected me to be in there! Now that I am getting over the shock I am excited and very proud.
"I can't wait to join up with the rest of the group and will be helped by the fact that I know some of the younger players.
"I've already played for England at Under-21 level but just being with the senior squad is going to be something else."
Meanwhile, England medical staff will assess the fitness of both captain David Beckham and Wayne Rooney over the next 48 hours.