Canaries duo named in England U21 squad but Cantwell doesn’t make the cut

Norwich star Max Aarons, right, celebrates after setting up Callum Hudson-Odoi for the opening goal

Norwich star Max Aarons, right, celebrates after setting up Callum Hudson-Odoi for the opening goal as England U21s thrashed Austria at Stadium MK Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norwich City duo Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey have been named in the latest England Under-21 squad – but midfielder Todd Cantwell hasn’t made the cut.

Aidy Boothroyd's squad continue qualification for the 2021 European U21 Championship in Albania on Friday, November 15 (6pm), sitting top of the group after thrashing rivals Austria 5-1 in Milton Keynes last month.

They then fly to Holland for a friendly on Tuesday, November 19 (5.30pm) for their final game of the year, at Stadion de Vijverberg, the home of De Graafschap in the city of Doetinchem - with both games being shown live on BT Sport.

The Young Lions will continue their Group Three qualification in March when they take on Andorra and Turkey in home games, with the venues yet to be announced.

Aarons won his first cap as the U21s won 3-2 in Turkey to get their campaign off to a fine start in September and has started all four games that Boothroyd's team have played so far this season, being named man of the match after a 2-0 win over Kosovo in Hull, during which he picked up an ankle injury which kept him out of two Premier League games.

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Cantwell and Godfrey both won their first caps during that August break as well but Godfrey was left out of the previous squad as he needed to have minor surgery on a hernia during the October break. Cantwell had also been called up last time but had to drop out with a hamstring strain.

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All three academy products have been regulars for the Canaries in the top flight so far this season, with right-back Aarons, 19, and centre-back Godfrey, 21, in the squad alongside fellow Premier League regulars including Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.

City's young striker Adam Idah has also retained his place in the Republic of Ireland U21 squad, who sit top of Group One in qualifying.

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The Irish travel to Armenia on Thursday, November 14 (12pm UK time) before returning home for another qualifier, against Sweden, on Tuesday, November 19 (8pm).

Norwich winger Simon Power, currently on loan at Scottish Premiership side Ross County, has not been included in the Ireland U21 squad.

City defender Rocky Bushiri, on loan in League One with Blackpool, has retained his place in the Belgium U21 squad though ahead of a qualifier in Germany on Sunday, November 17 (5pm).

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