England U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says he has been impressed with Mason Greenwood, before revealing the Manchester United ahead is sharing a space with club rival Phil Foden on international responsibility.
Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Foden have been included together with the United forward earning his initial call-up into the side of Boothroyd.
The 17-year-old has showcased in all four of United’s matches this season.
“He is a very, very talented player,” Boothroyd said. “He walks through the door and you instantly like him because he’s such a humble, pleasant young bloke.
“He is rooming together with Phil funnily enough that’s both Manchester lads getting together and acting for England as well as residing together for a couple of weeks too.
“Mason’s a fantastic talent, we’ve only had one session but he looks very striking and will surely increase the armoury we’ve got.”
Since making his debut nineteen-year-old Foden has showcased 19 occasions from the Premier League for City. Despite fighting this season, Boothroyd says that his position isn’t one to worry about.
“Phil’s operating with the best players on the world and possibly the best trainer in the world so he is going to find a great deal of positives from that,” he further added.
“He’s not playing games but I think City and Pep [Guardiola] know just what to do with him greater than perhaps I’d since they watch more of him than I do.”
Considering that the summer’s disappointing Championship campaign – that watched the group exit of Boothroyd the championship at the group stage – three members of that squad were called up to the side.
James Maddison, Mason Mount and aaron Wan-Bissaka have all been chosen by Gareth Southgate, and Boothroyd believes there has never been better time to make the step from the U21s.
“It is excellent for me although we had the disappointment of this summer, three stars have come out of it. They’re all really good characters and I am absolutely delighted for them,” he said.
“There has never been a better time to become an England player with a guy who is brave enough to play them in Gareth.
“I think they’re three very talented players and they take advantage of them. They’re currently working .
“They got to the England squad and now they have to do that bit of getting into the group and receiving a few caps under their belt”
The U21s kick-off their new European qualifying campaign with a visit to Turkey until three days 28, they go home to play with Kosovo in Hull.