England U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says he has been hugely impressed by Mason Greenwood, before showing the Manchester United forward is sharing a room with club rival Phil Foden on responsibility.
Greenwood along with Manchester City midfielder Foden are included together with the United earning his initial call-up to the side of Boothroyd.
The 17-year-old has featured in all of United’s matches this year.
“He’s a very, very talented player,” Boothroyd said. “He walks through the door and you instantly like him because he’s such a humble, nice young bloke.
“He’s rooming together with Phil funnily enough that’s both Manchester lads getting together and acting for England as well as residing together for a few months also.
“Mason’s a wonderful talent, we have only had one semester but he looks very impressive and will definitely increase the armoury we’ve got.”
Since making his debut, nineteen-year-old Foden has featured 19 occasions in the Premier League for City. Boothroyd says that his position is not one to worry about, despite fighting for moments so far this year.
“Phil’s operating with the top gamers on the world and arguably the best coach in the world so he’s going to find a whole lot of positives out of this,” he further added.
“He’s not playing games but I believe City and Pep [Guardiola] know just what to do with him better than perhaps I would since they see of him than I do.”
Since the summer’s disappointing European Championship campaign – which watched the staff exit of Boothroyd the tournament at the group point – three members of that squad have been called up to the older side.
James Maddison, Mason Mount and aaron Wan-Bissaka have been chosen by Gareth Southgate, and Boothroyd believes there’s never been better time to make the step .
“It’s great for me although we had the disappointment of this summer, three celebrities have come from it. They are all really fantastic characters and I’m absolutely thrilled for them,” he explained.
“There’s never been a better time to become an England player having a guy who is brave enough to perform them in Gareth.
“I think that they’re three very gifted players and they make the most of these. They’re currently working .
“They deservedly got to the England team and they need to do that last bit of getting to the group and receiving a couple caps under their belt”
The U21s kick-off their new qualifying campaign with a trip to Turkey before three days they head home to play Kosovo at Hull.
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