England youth call-ups for Norwich City duo Nathan Redmond and Harry Toffolo
PUBLISHED: 14:23 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:59 19 March 2015
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Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond has been named in the latest England Under-21s squad and full-back Harry Toffolo has been handed his first U20s call.
Redmond is included in the U21s squad for two friendlies – against Czech Republic in Prague on Friday, March 27, and Germany at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Monday, March 30.
The matches are in preparation for this summer’s Uefa European Under-21 Championships, which are being held in the Czech Republic, with the hosts and Germany both set to feature in the tournament alongside England.
Redmond has been a regular for England at youth level, being capped 20 times and scoring five goals at U21 level.
He remained with the Canaries following relegation from the Premier League last season and has made 36 appearances for the club this season, scoring three goals and making seven Championship assists.
Toffolo, enjoying a successful loan spell in League One with Swindon Town, has previously been capped once at U18 and three times at U19 level but has not represented his country since October 2013.
The 19-year-old left-back is included in Aidy Boothroyd’s 22-man squad to face Mexico and the USA. The U20s take on Mexico at the Hive, home of Barnet, on Wednesday, March 25 and the USA at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park on Sunday, March 29.
City wingers Jacob and Josh Murphy have both previously featured in U20s squads under former Canaries academy coach Boothroyd but have not been selected this time.
Toffolo has previously spoken about his option to play for Italy, due to his father’s nationality, but took to Twitter after the squad was announced to say: “Delighted to be called up to the @England Under-20s! No better feeling in football than representing your country!”
The Canaries youngster joined League One promotion hopefuls Swindon in October and his success as a left-sided wing-back saw his deal extended to the end of the season.
One of the members of City’s FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2013, Toffolo is yet to make his first team debut for his parent club but has made 24 appearances for the Robins so far this campaign, recently scoring his first senior goal.
England U21s squad
Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United – loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Brentford – loan from Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Swansea City – loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading – loan from Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jesse Lingard (Derby County – loan from Manchester United), Alex Pritchard (Brentford – loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough – loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Danny Ings (Burnley), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)
England U20s squad
Goalkeepers: Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Defenders: Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Moses Odubajo (Brentford), Dominic Ball (Cambridge United – loan from Spurs), Baily Cargill (AFC Bournemouth), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town – loan from Southampton), Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town – loan from Norwich City)
Midfielders: Harrison Reed (Southampton), Jack Barmby (Leicester City), Jack Stephens (Swindon Town – loan from Southampton), Jamie Hanson (Derby County), Lewis Baker (MK Dons – loan from Chelsea), Matty Grimes (Swansea City), Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest), Alex Mowatt (Leeds United), John Swift (Swindon Town – loan from Chelsea)
Forwards: Callum Robinson (Preston North End – loan from Aston Villa), Chuba Akpom (Arsenal), Kwame Thomas (Derby County), Chris Long (Brentford – loan from Everton)
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