Manchester United’s youngsters are proving a rare ray of sunshine in a gloomy period for the first team. Plenty of those young talents were in action during the international break for England and other European nations.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson, meanwhile, received his first senior England call-up. He’s been impressing on loan at Sheffield United.
Angel Gomes was the most impressive of the young bunch as he scored twice for England’s under-20s side. The attacking midfielder has been underplayed this season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has favoured the elder Juan Mata. He showed his quality with a brace against Italy, though, before starting again in a disappointing 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
United international Gomes hits two for England U20s
Attacking left-back Brandon Williams also started in both of those games as the United pair linked up. With the Reds’ next first-team game against Liverpool, it’s unlikely either will be able to carry their performances into club action.
One player who may start against Liverpool on Sunday is Mason Greenwood. He didn’t play at any level for England after he pulled out of the under-21s squad with a back injury.
Garner captains and scores for England U19s
At under-19 level, midfielder James Garner captained England in a 3-1 defeat against France. He scored a penalty to level things up before Les Bleus pulled away.
He also started in an impressive 4-2 win against Belgium. Garner has captained United and England at a number of youth levels. He’s now scored seven goals in nine appearances for club and country in the 2019/20 campaign.
Teden Mengi has been making headlines recently for brilliant performances alongside Garner in the under-23s set-up at United. The 17-year-old also signed his first professional contract recently. Mengi was only a substitute against Slovakia after being called up for England’s U18 side. He replaced RB Leipzig’s Matthew Bondswell late on.
Much of the praise for Mengi has been as a result of him assuming a senior role at the age of just 17. Recently, the centre-back guided the even younger defender Will Fish in his under-23s debut. Fish was also in action for England but in the under-17s. He scored on his debut in a 2-1 loss against Germany. He was on the bench for the other fixtures.
Neville, Mejbri & Galbraith in international action
Away from England, Harvey Neville was called up for Ireland’s under-19 squad. Hannibal Mejbri was in action for France’s under-17 side. He’s played ahead of his age group before and has been drawing a lot of attention recently. France’s under-17s are looking to qualify for the upcoming European Championships.
Ethan Galbraith, one of Garner’s midfield partners, has become a regular for the Northern Ireland under-21s. He actually made his senior debut in September’s international break but has dropped down again to continue his development. He’s exciting regular watchers of United’s youth teams, and you can read why here.
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