Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy named in England U21 squad for Euro 2017 tournament
PUBLISHED: 12:38 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:55 05 June 2017
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Jacob Murphy has been named in the final England Under-21s squad for the upcoming European U21 Championship in Poland.
The Canaries winger was named in a 28-man squad for a training camp at St George’s Park last week and has now been named in the final squad, after it was reduced to 23 players.
The 22-year-old earned his first two caps for the Young Lions in March, playing in friendlies in Germany and Denmark and scored 10 goals in 40 games in his first full season as a senior City player.
He is joined in the squad by former Canaries winger Nathan Redmond and a former Norwich academy team-mate, Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who has recently been linked with a loan move back to his boyhood club.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out with a back injury and boss Aidy Boothroyd is also without the injured Patrick Roberts and Izzy Brown ahead of the tournament opener against holders Sweden on June 16 in Kielce.
Boothroyd told thefa.com: “We have some good players and like for any international team, bringing them all together and getting them all to work as a single unit, that is always the challenging part.
“But we’ve got players with big-game experience now, lads who have played in cup finals, play-off finals, big games and a couple of senior internationals.
“In this particular age group we have a very capable, mature squad with a nice balance between the soldiers and the artists, so I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think we’re well equipped on paper and it’s now about putting some hard work in on the grass, which we’ve been doing over the last three weeks to be ready for the tournament.”
Skipper James Ward-Prowse and Southampton team-mate Redmond are included ahead of their final U21 tournament before they become too old.
Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will also go along with Leicester duo Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Nathaniel Chalobah.
Senior boss Gareth Southgate confirmed last week Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford would not go to Euro 2017 and would instead stay with the senior side for their games against Scotland and France. United boss Jose Mourinho had previously said he saw no point in Rashford playing at the tournament.
Abraham, Redmond, Gray and Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow are likely to be Boothroyd’s central striker options.
Southampton midfielder Sam McQueen and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith are on standby.
The Young Lions also face Slovakia on June 19 and hosts Poland on June 22 in Group A.
England U21s squad: Gunn (Manchester City), Mitchell (Derby), Pickford (Sunderland), Chambers (Arsenal), Chilwell (Leicester), Hause (Wolves), Holding (Arsenal), Holgate (Everton), Iorfa (Wolves), Mawson (Swansea), Stephens (Southampton), Targett (Southampton), Baker (Chelsea), Chalobah (Chelsea), Grealish (Aston Villa), Hughes (Derby), Swift (Reading), Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Abraham (Chelsea), Gray (Leicester), Murphy (Norwich), Redmond (Southampton), Woodrow (Fulham).