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.
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)