Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy replaces injured twin Josh on England Under-20 duty

Norwich City youngster Jacob Murphy has earned an England Under-20 call-up. Picture by Paul Chestert

Norwich City youngster Jacob Murphy has earned an England Under-20 call-up. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City wide player Jacob Murphy has been drafted into the England Under-20 set-up to replace his injured twin, Josh, for this week's four-nation tournament in Holland to rest a heel complaint.

Jacob will be part of Aidy Boothroyd's squad for games against the hosts, Germany and Turkey later this week after Josh confirmed on Sunday night he will stay at Colney over the international break for further treatment on the left heel problem first aggravated in the recent Capital One Cup defeat at Shrewsbury.

Jacob has been touted with a Football League loan move following enquiries from the likes of Preston, Coventry and Plymouth after making only one senior appearance for Neil Adams this season in the Capital One Cup win over Crawley Town. The teenager made his Norwich debut in last season FA Cup tie against Fulham when he replaced his brother in a 1-1 third round draw at Carrow Road.

Josh had been named in the original England party but Adams confirmed after the 19-year-old's latest Championship cameo in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Rotherham he was keen for the midfielder to rest the injury.

'We obviously have to have a good look at it now and speak to the FA, the physios and sports scientists,' said Adams, on Saturday evening. 'We have to do what is right for him now and I would like him not to go because he has a problem but I will leave that to the medical people and hopefully when we speak to the FA we'll come to a solution that is to the benefit of both parties.'


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