Holgate gets U21 Euros call-up for England

Tuesday, 6 June, 2017 10comments  |  Jump to most recent

Young import from Barnsley is making the grade for Everton and England

Mason Holgate will join the England Under-21s squad for the upcoming European Championships in Poland later this month.

England have been drawn alongside hosts Poland, Slovakia and Sweden in Group A of the 12-nation tournament, which runs from 16-30 June.

“I started to get into the England squad since I broke in with Everton last year, so I haven't played at a major tournament yet,” Holgate said. “It's something I'm looking forward to.

“I feel like the squad we have and its potential, we've got to be looking at getting through the group and going on to win it.”

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Holgate, who is 20, made his senior Everton debut at the start of the 2016-17 season after spending his first season at Everton in the Under-21s. Injuries to Seamus Coleman saw him playing in 21 matches in all competitions for the Blues, despite being played out of position, as he is naturally a centre-back.


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Paul Holmes
1 Posted 06/06/2017 at 16:55:43
Good for his development, so the more games he plays the better because he's looking more like a centre-back than a right back, judging him on his displays for us. His defending is getting better but his ball distribution (crossing) is terrible!
Frank Wade
2 Posted 06/06/2017 at 18:19:35
It will be interesting to see if England play him at full back or centre back.
Mike Allen
3 Posted 06/06/2017 at 20:50:05
I hope he plays in his preferred position – he's a good player.
Brian Cleveland
4 Posted 06/06/2017 at 22:11:07
Bye bye, summer hols, Mason. When you get back, it'll be time to get into training for the Europa League!

Good luck (and don't get injured!!!!!)

Minik Hansen
5 Posted 06/06/2017 at 22:14:26
Great news, he needs as much game time as possible before the season starts.

We're more likely landing a new centre-back to the club, so, depending on the right-back situation, he will have to compete for starts.

Robert Leigh
6 Posted 08/06/2017 at 09:05:08
Holgate is ready to play centre-back this season in my opinion; but only with an experienced right-back alongside him and Williams. The balance of the back 4 would be off if we had Kenny - Holgate - Williams - Baines as the four.

Start of the season should be Kenny - Williams - Funes Mori (if fit) - Baines; then, when Seamus is fit, we can swap Holgate in for Williams or Funes Mori.

I'm not sure buying another centre-back is necessary unless we get rid of either Williams or Jags, can't see us being able to offload an injured Funes Mori for what he's worth in the current market (£15-£20mil)

Ajay Gopal
7 Posted 10/06/2017 at 11:59:22
Galloway should have also been in that squad Nathan Holland if his loan to WBA had not gone awfully wrong. Good luck to Holgate, more football and international exposure will not do him any harm.
Paul Thompson
8 Posted 16/06/2017 at 17:06:36
Pickford and Holgate start. This link wokring for me:


Jay Wood
9 Posted 16/06/2017 at 17:22:53
Another good stream if anyone needs it.


England totally dominant. Pickford has already shown a couple of sharp distributions to immediately put England on the front foot in rapid counters.

Holgate – playing right back – seeing plenty of the ball, but still over-hitting his crosses into the penalty area.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 16/06/2017 at 17:25:49
Funny watching the next group of England hopefuls while Rooney, Hart and Barkley have evolved into over paid, unwanted failures. Each one of them could be forced into retirement within 12 months unless some lower division club will meet their greedy pay demands.

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