England call up Greenwood and Hudson-Odoi for Under-21s' Euro 2021

Mason Greenwood and Callum Hudson-Odoi have been selected for England’s European Under-21 Championship campaign this month. The two players are included for the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia as England look to end a 37-year wait to win the trophy.

Manchester United’s Greenwood has only scored once in 23 league appearances this season, while Hudson-Odoi has struggled for consistency under new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. Uncapped goalkeeper Josh Griffiths, on loan at Cheltenham from West Brom, Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Noni Madueke of PSV Eindhoven have earned their first call-ups, along with Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga.

Despite his lack of action for Arsenal, Eddie Nketiah – who top scored in the qualifiers with 13 goals to become the Under-21s’ record scorer – is selected along with Everton duo Ben Godfrey and Tom Davies, while Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale is expected to be Aidy Boothroyd’s first-choice goalkeeper. England open their Group D campaign against Switzerland in Koper on 25 March.

Boothroyd said: “I am excited by this group – not just in their ability but also their togetherness and team spirit – and know they will do everything they can to make the country proud.

“I am grateful to Gareth [Southgate] for his support with what we are trying to achieve, and also to the clubs for recognising the importance of these finals. We want to win every time we play and will do all we can to reach the knockout stage – but this is also a crucial opportunity for providing valuable experience on and off the pitch that will help the players, their clubs and England in the future.”

England also face Portugal in Ljubljana on 28 March and Croatia in Koper three days later, with the knockout stages in May and June after the tournament was split up because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Quick Guide

England squad for European Under-21 Championship group stages


Goalkeepers Josef Bursik (Stoke), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Brom), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders Max Aarons (Norwich), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham), Ben Wilmot (Watford)

Midfielders Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Brom, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich, loan from Tottenham)

Forwards Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

Boothroyd is also unable to select Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala after the forward pledged his international future to Germany. The 18-year-old, who was born in Stuttgart, made two appearances during the Under-21s’ qualifying campaign, scoring on his debut against Albania in November but made his decision last month.

Leicester’s James Justin misses out after his serious knee injury and there is no place for Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, who has not been in a squad since September.

The tournament’s final takes place on 6 June, while the senior European Championship, postponed from last summer, begins five days later on 11 June.


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