England U21 head trainer Aidy Boothroyd says prior to showing the Manchester United forward is sharing a space with bar rival Phil Foden on international responsibility he’s been impressed with Mason Greenwood.
With the United forward earning his initial call-up into Boothroyd’s side, greenwood along with Manchester City midfielder Foden have been included from the U21 squad for the very first time.
The 17-year-old has showcased in all four of the games of United this season, such as an impressive ten-minute cameo from Southampton on Saturday.
“He’s a very, very gifted player,” Boothroyd explained. “He walks through the doorway and you immediately like him because he’s such a humble, pleasant young bloke.
“He is rooming together with Phil funnily enough so that’s both Manchester lads getting together and acting for England and also living together for a few weeks as well.
“Mason’s a fantastic talent, we have just had one session but he looks very striking and will surely add to the armoury we’ve got.”
Since making his debut nineteen-year-old Foden has showcased 19 occasions from the Premier League for City. Despite struggling for minutes this season, Boothroyd says his position is not one to be worried about.
“Phil’s operating with the best players in the world and arguably the best coach in the world so he’s going to have a lot of positives from that,” he further added.
“He’s not playing games but I think City and Pep [Guardiola] understand just what to do with him greater than perhaps I would since they see more of him than I do.”
Considering that the summer’s unsatisfactory European Championship campaign – that saw the staff depart of Boothroyd the tournament at the group stage – three members of that squad were called up to the side.
Mason Mount, aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Maddison have been chosen by Gareth Southgate, also Boothroyd thinks there’s never been better time to make the step up.
“It’s good for me that although we had the disappointment of their summer, three celebrities have come from it. They are all really great characters and I’m absolutely thrilled for them,” he explained.
“There has never been a better time to become an England player having a man who is brave enough to perform with them in Gareth.
“I believe they’re three very talented players and they make the most of these. They are working as hard as they could to be all that they may be.
“They deservedly got to the England team and they need to do this bit of getting to the team and receiving a few caps under their belt.”
The U21s kick-off their European qualifying campaign with a visit to Turkey on Friday, until three days 28, they go home to play with with Kosovo at Hull.
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