Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala handed first call-up to England U21s squad for Euro qualifying double header against Andorra and Albania… as Aidy Boothroyd also names Tariq Lamptey amid news Ghana FA want Brighton star to switch allegiances
- Jamal Musiala has been handed his first call-up to the England Under 21s squad
- Ex-Chelsea youngster has been playing for Bayern Munich in Champions League
- Tariq Lamptey is also in as England try to fend off advances from the Ghana FA
- There is a maiden call-up for Derby County’s young defender Lee Buchanan, too
Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala has been handed his first call-up to the England Under 21s squad after impressing in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Aidy Boothroyd has rewarded the 17-year-old with a place in his squad for the upcoming matches against Andorra and Albania after he scored his second goal of the league season for Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Born in Stuttgart, Musiala then moved to London and came through Chelsea’s academy, before heading back to Germany with Bayern in 2019.
Jamal Musiala (right) celebrates after scoring for Bayern Munich against Frankfurt last month
Musiala has been playing regularly for the Bundesliga champions despite being just 17
Aidy Boothroyd has named his full squad for the two upcoming England U21 matches
He has represented both England and Germany at youth level, but England are keen to tie him down to their international set-up as he continues to impress at the highest level.
There was also another call-up for Brighton star Tariq Lamptey, who is being courted by the Ghana FA to switch allegiances and join up with their squad.
Lamptey has burst onto the scene at right back this season, scoring his first goal against Tottenham last time out.
Speaking about the call-ups, boss Boothroyd – whose side have already qualified for the U21 European Championships ahead of the upcoming fixtures, said: ‘The fact that we qualified with two games to go is a real credit to the players and the staff.
Tariq Lamptey is again included after impressing for both club and country this season
Lamptey scored his first Brighton goal away at Tottenham in the last round of league fixtures
FULL ENGLAND U21s SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Brandon Austin (Tottenham Hotspur), Josef Bursik (Stoke City, loan at Doncaster Rovers), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Lee Buchanan (Derby County), Marc Guehi (Chelsea, on loan at Swansea), James Justin (Leicester City), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion), Jonathan Panzo (Dijon), Rhys Williams (Liverpool), Ben Wilmot (Watford)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Dasilva (Brentford), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea, loan at West Bromwich Albion), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur, loan at Norwich City)
Forwards: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur, loan at Hoffenheim)
‘It means we can give one or two people a rest and we can introduce one or two people who have been doing well, like Jamal Musiala.
‘If you look at the likes of Jamal and Curtis Jones, then it shows how much talent we have available and the depth of the squad. We’ve got about eight to nine players who are just going to miss out on this one because of injuries, including Ben Godfrey and Tom Davies, which is a shame.’
Speaking further on Musiala, the England U21s boss said: ‘Jamal has been doing really well at Bayern Munich, getting a couple of starts and making a number of cameo appearances, and when you’re involved in a team of Bayern Munich’s quality you have to take notice of that.
‘We’ve been tracking him for quite a while and he has been in the system. I work very closely with not only Les Reed but John McDermott and Lee Carsley, as well as Gareth, in terms of when it is right for players to come into the squad.
Crystal Palace’s £20million man Eberechi Eze has again been called up to the Under 21s squad
Boothroyd’s side have already qualified so have a free hit at the two upcoming matches
‘We think it’s the right time for Jamal to get into the U21s, so we can get a close look at him. He’s been playing really well, getting Champions League exposure and he’s one of those players who has forced himself into our plans.’
Both of England’s matches will take place at Wolves’ Molineux stadium, as the squad continue to finalise their preparations for the U21s tournament, which kicks off in March.
There is also a first call-up for Derby County defender Lee Buchanan, who has previously played for both the U19s and U20s squads, making his debut for the latter in their win over Wales at St George’s Park last month.
Derby County defender Lee Buchanan (right) has also received a first call-up to the Under 21s
Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham, still impressing in Germany, has got the nod
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