England U21 vs Kosovo U21
U-21 Championship Group 1
7:45pm Monday 9th September
Morgan Gibbs-White has hailed England’s”pathway” for gamers ahead of their U21s’ Euro 2021 qualifier together with Kosovo on Monday.
Table-topping Kosovo see the KCOM Stadium on Monday night (kick-off 7.45pm), having defeated Andorra and Turkey in their opening two qualifying games.
The only game of england so far was a remarkable 3-2 comeback win on Friday from Turkey, their first game since their exit from the Euro 2019 set phases, where they failed to win a game.
Just six players from this championship – due to others becoming too old for choice or just not being picked – have kept their place at Aidy Boothroyd’s squad with this double-header, together with kindly midfielder Gibbs-White one of them on the back of 3 starts for his team in the Premier League and also Europa League this season.
The 19-year-old is not alone in his exposure to Premier League soccer and feels things are improving after years of criticism over the shortage of players in the top flight.
“That is the pathway which England desires, seeing more young players including their clubs and progressing,” he said.
“I think that the strength and sharpness of our instruction will be higher as a result of the quality will probably be there. That is the nature of the team and we are going to grow together out of here, although it’s a team in comparison to last season’s.
“We all know each other and we all get on well, so we just must be certain happens on the pitch too.”
Boothroyd has no new injury problems to contend with, with called up West Brom loanee Grady Diangana and QPR’s Eberechi Eze to substitute Dwight McNeil and Joe Willock ahead of the Turkey game.
Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth), Nathan Trott (AFC Wimbledon, on loan from West Ham).
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich), Travoh Chalobah (Huddersfield, on loan from Chelsea), Ben Godfrey (Norwich), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester), Jonathan Panzo (Monaco), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Ben Wilmot (Swansea, online from Watford).
Midfielders: Todd Cantwell (Norwich), Tom Davies (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves), Eberechi Eze (QPR), Omar Richards (Reading), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham), Grady Diangana (West Brom, on loan from West Ham).
Forwards: Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Eddie Nketiah (Leeds, on loan from Arsenal), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal).
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