Teammates of Manchester United youngster Teden Mengi have praised the talented defender after he trained with England’s first team squad for the first time.
He was sorely missed in Manchester United’s EFL Trophy defeat to Sunderland last night which meant Neil Wood’s under-21 side crashed out of the competition.
But after regularly pitting his wits in training against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes at club level.
Mengi, 19, spent time at St. George’s Park mixing with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.
Mengi said it was an ‘honour’ to be amongst Gareth Southgate’s team and after having a taste of the senior set up, the centre back revealed he was even more determined to get back to Carrington.
Teammates buzzing for Teden Mengi
Following his post on Instagram which announced what he had been up to during the international break, Mengi was met with a lot of love from current and former teammates at club and international level.
Even opponents like Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott offered their congratulations.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing a spell without Raphael Varane and club captain Harry Maguire, alongside Phil Jones, Mengi is going to be needed as cover for Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.
That could mean he misses the club’s under-23s clash against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and instead travels down to the King Power Stadium with the senior side.
He could also be absent from the under-19s UEFA Youth League side that plays Atalanta in the afternoon on Wednesday.
Although a loan move didn’t materialise for Mengi in the summer, he continues to break new ground and his invitation to train with the England team is another positive step in his continued development.
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