England U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says he’s been impressed by Mason Greenwood, prior to showing the Manchester United is sharing a space with bar rival Phil Foden on international responsibility.
Together with the United ahead earning his to Boothroyd’s side greenwood and also Manchester City midfielder Foden have been contained from the U21 squad for the very first time.
The 17-year-old has featured in each of of United’s games this year, including an impressive cameo from Southampton on Saturday.
“He’s a very, very talented player,” Boothroyd said. “He walks through the doorway and you immediately like him because he’s such a humble, pleasant young bloke.
“He’s rooming with Phil funnily enough so that’s both Manchester lads getting together and acting for England and also residing together for a couple of weeks also.
“Mason’s a wonderful talent, we’ve only had one semester but he seems really impressive and will surely increase the armoury we have got.”
Since making his debut nineteen-year-old Foden has showcased 19 times in the Premier League for City. Despite fighting so far this season, Boothroyd says his position isn’t one to worry about.
“Phil’s operating with the top players from the world and possibly the best trainer in the world so he is going to find a good deal of positives from this,” he added.
“He’s not playing games but I believe City and Pep [Guardiola] know exactly what to do with him better than perhaps I’d since they see of him than I do.”
Since the summer’s disappointing European Championship effort – that saw Boothroyd’s team exit the championship at the group point – three members of the squad were called up into the side.
James Maddison, Mason Mount and aaron Wan-Bissaka all have been selected by Gareth Southgate, and Boothroyd believes there has never been a better time to make the step .
“It’s excellent for me that although we had the disappointment of their summer, three stars have come out of it. They are all really good characters and I’m absolutely delighted for them,” he said.
“There has never been a better time to become an England player using a man who’s brave enough to play them in Gareth.
“I believe that they’re three very gifted players and they make the most of these. They are currently working .
“They deservedly got into the England squad and now they have to do that bit of getting into the team and receiving a couple caps under their belt.”
The U21s kick-off their new qualifying campaign with a trip to Turkey on Friday, before they head home to play Kosovo at Hull three days.