Mason Greenwood’s hopes of constructing Gareth Southgate’s squad for the delayed Euro 2020s this summer time have been dealt a significant blow after he was referred to as up for the U21s.
The 19-year-old Manchester United striker has not featured for his nation since he was despatched dwelling after a sport in opposition to Iceland in September when he was caught breaking Covid-19 protocol together with Phil Foden.
He has continued to catch the attention for United this season, nevertheless, and should have harboured hopes of getting himself again in Southgate’s good books earlier than the Three Lions boss names his squad for the Euros.
But Greenwood will signify Aidy Boothroyd’s U21 facet in Slovenia later this month, and due to this fact positively is not going to be concerned in the senior facet’s World Cup qualifiers in opposition to San Marino, Albania and Poland, that are being performed on the similar time.
And it seems Southgate has determined Greenwood is not but fairly able to make the step-up, that means he must stay affected person in his wait to return to the senior fold.
The likes of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal duo Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah are additionally included in the U21 squad, who face video games in opposition to Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland in their group, with the highest two progressing to the summer time’s knockout stage.
And Boothroyd stated: “I’m excited by this group – not simply in their capability but in addition their togetherness and crew spirit – and know they may do the whole lot they will to make the nation proud.
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“I’m grateful to Gareth for his support with what we are trying to achieve, and also to the clubs for recognising the importance of these finals.
“We want to win every time we play and will do all we can to reach the knockout stage – but this is also a crucial opportunity for providing valuable experience on and off the pitch that will help the players, their clubs and England in future.”