Arsenal trio get England under-21 nod

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Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah have all been handed a call-up to the England under-21 squad for their upcoming games with Turkey and Kosovo.

After a disappointing summer that saw the Young Lions crash out of the European Championships in Italy and San Marino at the group stages, Aidy Boothroyd is hoping to get off to a winning start as they look to qualify for the 2021 edition of the tournament being hosted by Hungary and Slovenia.

While Nketiah, currently on loan at Leeds, and Nelson, who spent last year with Hoffenheim, have both played and scored at under-21 level, Willock will be hoping for his first taste of the action at this level. The midfielder has previously starred at under-20 level scoring four goals in seven games.

When Emile Smith Rowe is fully fit, he could be in contention for future squads. Given we have no representatives in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad, it’s these four youngsters that have the best chance of playing for England at the next World Cup in 2022.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), Nathan Trott (AFC Wimbledon, loan from West Ham United)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town, loan from Chelsea), Ben Godfrey (Norwich City), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester City), Jonathan Panzo (AS Monaco), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Ben Wilmot (Swansea City, loan from Watford)

Midfielders: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City), Tom Davies (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Omar Richards (Reading), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Willock (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal), Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United, loan from Arsenal)

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Onenil
Onenil

That is some talent we have at U21

James
James

How has Boothroyd kept his job after the summer championships, the guy is clueless!
Great news for these boys to be in the England set up, future England players for sure.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

It’s crazy, they were one of the favourites for the tournament and completely flopped. Not convinced by him at all.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

So you don’t think Rob Holding might have a better chance of playing for England in 2022 than the youngsters?

Chrisarsenal14
Chrisarsenal14

What about Ainsley?

Rich
Rich

Ainsley turned 21 yesterday, although I’m pretty sure overage players can still play for the under 21s.

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

“Given we have no representatives in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad”

From the “British core” to this in just a few years. Not a criticism, just find it interesting…

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Chambers, Holding, Maitland-Nile’s

North London is Redder
North London is Redder

Daily Mail, GQ, Practical Classics, HELLO!…

We really need to hire a new official magazine purchaser for the Arsenal jet. I nobly volunteer of course.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Congrats, Boys. Soar to greater heights.

Tapps

Well done boys! Go and do us proud – you are Arsenal’s future.

Kanu Believe It
Kanu Believe It

Holy smokes, that is a proper squad.

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Pictured just before heading out on their paper rounds…

Deo
Deo

I really wish there was more info on how we decided to sign players. I remember us being linked with Tyrone Mings a lot when he was still with Ipswich. For some reason, we didn’t do it in spite of us being light at CB. By then, we had already spent 16m on Chambers who played backup RB at Southampton. I brought it up because Mings just got the England senior call.