James Maddison, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount named in England squad

James Maddison, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount named in England squad

James Maddison, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount named in England squad

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd hailed Gareth Southgate's courageous senior call-ups for Jadon Sancho, Mason Mount and James Maddison - even if they have come earlier than expected.

The first player born since the turn of the millennium to be called up by the England senior team, the 18-year-old is reaping the rewards of last year's bold switch from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund in search of regular football.

Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard and Adam Lallana all miss the two Nations League fixtures through injury. "Then we have a decision on which way we want to use that opportunity".

"I think he is progressing really well, he is getting great experience with some game-time at his club and working with outstanding players in training every day which will help him develop".

"Because of the injuries the team has got it just gives them an opportunity".

"[Sancho and Mount] are both in their formative stages but we think they can play in the group".

"We don't stand alone".

"Quite a few of them have trained with us at various times here anyway so we're excited to see them". These calls however are likely to be resisted by Southgate for now, in favour of letting Sancho improve with Aidy Boothroyd's Under-21 side first.

"Well, I think with Phil he's physically a bit further back than the other guys", Southgate said. I hope we can continue to excite the English public'. Jadon has had a similar impact for Dortmund in big matches.

"At Dortmund he is required to do a job defensively for the team and he does it, so he's an exciting player we're looking forward to working with".

The likes of Ross Barkley and Danny Welbeck are also included after performing well for Chelsea and Arsenal, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out, as does Burnley number one Joe Hart.

In addition, Ross Barkley's upturn in fortunes at Chelsea means he is in line to win his first cap since the friendly against Australia in May 2016.

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"This year he's started the season in the team at Chelsea. I'm always trying to find that balance, the messaging has to be correct, but it's good for their development to see how they train with us".

"I must acknowledge the hard work and commitment of my staff and the players over the last two years", said Southgate.

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