‘Next Iniesta’ and Arsenal wonderkid get first England Under-21 call ups

first_img LATEST gameday cracker Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been called into the England Under-21 squad for the first time.The 18-year-old is joined by Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson – on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim – and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, currently on loan at West Brom, in Aidy Boothroyd’s party for the final two Euro 2019 qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland. Barnes has impressed at the Baggies, netting four times in 13 games after joining on a season-long loan.Boothroyd said: “He deserves it. He has gone out, he has proved himself worthy of a start and has become a key player for West Brom.“We’ve been tracking him for a long time but because of the quality of the squad he has had to get past Demarai. We’re disappointed to lose Demarai but it gives Harvey an opportunity.“It’s up to Harvey, Reiss and Phil to show they can stay in the squad. It makes it hard for me to decide who to pick.”England are top of Group Four – six points clear of Scotland and Ukraine – ahead of the final two qualifiers.They host Andorra in Chesterfield on October 11 before travelling to Tynecastle on October 16.Squad: Gunn (Southampton), Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Woodman (Newcastle), Chilwell (Leicester), Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, on loan from Chelsea), Fry (Middlesbrough), Kenny (Everton), Konsa (Brentford), Tomori (Derby, on loan from Chelsea), Walker-Peters (Tottenham), Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace), Barnes (West Brom, on loan from Leicester), Cook (Bournemouth), Davies (Everton), Dowell (Everton), Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, on loan from Tottenham), Abraham (Aston Villa, on loan from Chelsea), Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Foden (Manchester City), Lookman (Everton), Nelson (Hoffenheim, on loan from Arsenal), Sessegnon (Fulham), Solanke (Liverpool) 2 most read in football Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson is currently impressing in the Bundesliga latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Phil Foden is rated as one of football’s brightest young talents Foden – who scored twice in the Under-17 World Cup final against Spain when England triumphed last year – has made five appearances for City this season, scoring once in the Carabao Cup win at Oxford.He is the youngest player to win the Premier League after playing five times in City’s triumph last season and has been likened to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.Nelson moved to Germany in August and scored on his Bundesliga debut. He has also played in the Champions League this season. silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed tense scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boothroyd needed reinforcements after James Maddison and Mason Mount earned senior calls while Demarai Gray is out with an ankle injury.He said: “Phil has got great respect from us. He’s another player we want to push through and we can see him playing in the senior team but he’s got to prove himself with us.“He is a massive talent. We want him to get games and the more he gets the better he’ll become.“He’s also training with the best players in the world and the current champions. He is going to get a great education at Manchester City.“If you can train with that calibre of player and coach (Pep Guardiola) and get game time that’s the holy grail. That’s what’s going to develop them. We can trust Manchester City, they know what they’re doing.” England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img