Manchester United youngster, Marcus Rashford was not included in England’s Under 21 squad, with the young striker tipped to return to the senior team to replace injured Harry Kane.
The 18-year-old Rashford featured in England’s Euro 2016 squad under Roy Hodgson and became the youngest English international to represent England in European Championships at 18 years and 229 days. However, Sam Allardyce did not name the Red Devils striker in his only game in charge against Slovakia earlier this September.
Nevertheless, Rashford made full use of his opportunity with the England Under 21s, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory over Norway. The young star also has scored four goals in seven games for the Red Devils, and is tipped to make his way into caretaker manager, Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Malta and Slovenia.
Eventually, the young starlet has not been named for the England Under 21s squad for the games against Kazakhstan and Bosnia & Herzegovina in the upcoming days.
As the replacement of Marcus Rashford, Chelsea’s young forward, Tammy Abraham, has been called up for the England U21 squad after a good start to his loan spell at Briston City. Abraham scored ten goals in thirteen games across all competitions this season for Briston City. The striker will play along with numerous other Chelsea youngsters, including John Swift, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Derby’s shotstopper, Jonathan Mitchell also earned his first call up to the English U21 team.
Aidy Boothroyd will manage the junior team after regular manager, Southgate managing the senior English team after the dismissal of Sam Allardyce.
‘I’ve managed a lot of these players before with the Under 20s a couple of years ago, so I do know most of them,’ Boothroyd commented.
‘They’re obviously both very important games and there are no easy matches in international football.
‘I only found out I was taking the Under 21s late on Wednesday, so it’s been a case of handing over the Under 20s to Paul (Williams) and the staff and now it’s about preparing for Kazakhstan and getting the Under 21s ready.’