Aidy Boothroyd has drawn a sizeable chunk of his squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Holland and Latvia next month from Everton while Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford make the senior squad.
Wayne Rooney's decision to retire from international football may have dominated the news yesterday but Gareth Southgate has turned to two younger members of Ronald Koeman's side for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers in the form of Pickford and Keane.
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell make the step up to the U21s following their impressive showings in the Young Lions U20s World Cup win while Mason Holgate is again selected.
Tom Davies, initially earmarked for the U19s this past summer before Everton gained permission to rest him following his involvement in the latter half of the Blues' 2016-17 season, is also called up to the U21s.
The game in the Netherlands is scheduled for 1 September before England host Latvia at Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium on the 5th.
Scotland, Andorra and Ukraine complete England's group, with the six teams in group four vying for a place in the European Championship finals in Italy in 2019.
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1 Posted 24/08/2017 at 15:16:25
Okay, the six above need to be managed carefully and this is doing that, but there's some shite picked in the first team, such as Aaron Cresswell. Please tell me Bainesy told Southgate where to stick his England call up. Picking Cresswell is inexcusable.
2 Posted 24/08/2017 at 15:28:17
Rooney has retired, while Davies, Holgate, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin are correctly in the England U21s. Come the end of the season who knows, at least 2 of them may make the step up in time for Russia.
Pickford wont be No 1 yet, but should be and could well be No 1 by June, and Keane has a real chance to challenge Cahill for a starting berth, but not quite yet.
3 Posted 24/08/2017 at 18:21:37
Powerful lot that including Dowell; will be interesting to watch England U21s now.
4 Posted 24/08/2017 at 18:37:01
I suppose they're not interested in young English talent unless, of course, they play for their clubs.
5 Posted 24/08/2017 at 18:42:52
We do need to stop being a feeder club to the top 6 if we want to battle for honours mind. Selling to Madrid and Barca is one thing, helping our competitors is something we should not be doing.
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