The England MU20s squad has been named for their upcoming fixtures against Portugal and Iceland.
Head coach Keith Downing has selected a 23-player group that will first travel to Agueda to play Portugal on Thursday 14 November and then take on Iceland U21s at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park on Tuesday 19 November (7pm GMT KO).
Downing has handed a first international call-up to Newcastle United midfielder Matthew Longstaff and West Ham goalkeeper Joseph Anang, while there’s a return to action for Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe who missed the first two camps through injury.
Keith Downing: “We’ve got a consistent squad, but welcoming two new faces in Tyrese Campbell and Matty Longstaff, who are both playing very well for club, and some returns from injury for these games.
“We’ve also seen Conor Gallagher progress up into the U21s, which is great news and ultimately the purpose of this squad. We’ve got a programme of games throughout the season to help drive their international development and hopefully get a number of these players in the U21s EURO squad in 2021.
“Portugal are notorious for producing really good young players and have a real pedigree in youth football. This group reached the final of last year’s U19s EURO so this will be a very good rest for our players.
“We’re very pleased to be welcoming Iceland’s U21s to Wycombe. It’s a great chance for our squad to challenge themselves against an older age group and one that is doing well in their EURO qualifying campaign.
“We’re looking for our players to perform well consistently in an England shirt and get in the habit of winning as part of their development, so they can produce in tournament football across the age groups up to senior level.”
Tickets are available for England v Iceland priced £1 for children and over-65s, £5 for adults and can be bought via http://tickets.wwfc.com.
Goalkeepers: Joseph Anang (West Ham United), Joe Bursik (Accrington Stanley, on loan from Stoke City), Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)
Defenders: Jayden Bogle (Derby County), Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Brandon Williams (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)
Forwards: Luke Bolton (Luton Town, on loan from Manchester City), Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City), Jack Clarke (Leeds United, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Loader (Reading), Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City)