Phil Foden and Reiss Nelson retain their places as Aidy Boothroyd names England Under-21 squad for double-header against Italy and Denmark
- Aidy Boothroyd has named England U21 squad to play Italy and Denmark
- Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Reiss Nelson of Arsenal retain their places
- Both were promoted into the under-21 squad last month for qualifying matches
- Ryan Sessegnon, Demarai Gray, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke picked
Phil Foden and Reiss Nelson have retained their places in the England under-21 squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
Manchester City starlet Foden, 18, played in England’s final two European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland last month after Aidy Boothroyd promoted him from the under-19s.
Arsenal forward Nelson, who is spending the season on loan at Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scored in each of those matches after being moved up from the under-20s.
Manchester City starlet Phil Foden has retained his spot in the England under-21 squad
Reiss Nelson celebrates scoring for England against Scotland in their qualifier last month
England U21 fixtures
ITALY vs ENGLAND
Thursday November 15 at 5.30pm
Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara
DENMARK vs ENGLAND
Tuesday November 20 at 5pm
Blue Water Arena, Esbjerg
Both live on BT Sport
They both keep their places in a talented England squad that will begin the countdown to next summer’s Euros with friendlies against hosts Italy in Ferrara on November 15 and Denmark in Esbjerg on November 20.
Harvey Barnes of Leicester City and Jay Dasilva of Chelsea also keep their spots in the squad having been moved up last month.
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, Dominic Solanke of Liverpool, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, Leicester’s Demarai Gray, and Everton duo Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are also selected.
‘They’re two very good games for us this month, after we secured our qualification in October,’ Boothroyd told the FA website.
‘One of them is in Italy, where the Championship is taking place next summer and it will be a real test for us, but that’s what we want.
England under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd with Nelson during the 2-0 win over Scotland
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon is in the under-21 squad to face Italy and Denmark this month
‘We can work on things that we might not necessarily have done in the qualifying games, which will help us towards competing against the best teams in Europe next summer.
‘Denmark are a good side and they switch things tactically and have a certain style in the way they play the game and they regularly qualify for the big tournaments so that’ll be a tough one.
‘We’re looking forward to both matches, after coming out of a tough group ourselves.’
England qualified for the finals ahead of Holland, Scotland, Ukraine, Latvia and Andorra and are now eagerly-awaiting the draw for the tournament on November 23.
Leicester City forward Demarai Gray in action during England’s qualifier with Scotland
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, on loan at Aston Villa this season, in action against Scotland
‘We’ve now got two games where we can give everyone a look at what it is we’re trying to do for the summer,’ Boothroyd added.
‘It’s nice to have Demarai back with us because he’s done really well and the competition for places is fantastic now.
‘We had Reiss joining us for the first time last month and Harvey Barnes has done a really good job too so I’m really pleased that we’ve got two players who have come up and shown us they mean business.
‘It’s great for the group because the standard is so high that it improves our training and everything else and you need that when you want to be successful – you need everybody fighting for a place.’
England under-21 squad
Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Southampton), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, loan from Manchester United), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)
Defenders: Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Jay Dasilva (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County, loan from Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)
Midfielders: Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Leicester), Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa, loan from Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim, loan from Arsenal), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)
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