Jacob Murphy retains place in England U21 squad for training camp ahead of Euro 2017 in Poland
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Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy has retained his place in the England Under-21 squad for a training camp ahead of the European U21 Championship in Poland.
The Canaries academy product earned his first two caps for the Young Lions in March, playing in friendlies in Germany and Denmark after a superb first full season as a senior City player.
The 22-year-old scored 10 goals in 40 games to earn that call-up from Aidy Boothroyd and is now joined in the U21 squad by former Norwich team-mate Nathan Redmond.
Southampton pair James Ward-Prowse and Redmond have returned to the U21s squad having earned their first senior caps against Germany in March and June’s tournament in Poland will be their last appearances for the Young Lions before they become too old.
Another Canaries academy product and former youth team-mate of Murphy’s, Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, also retains his place in the squad.
Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts, who has spent this season on loan at Celtic, has been handed a first call-up while Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford is also in.
But Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been included in the senior squad and is now not expected to travel to Poland with the Young Lions.
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“We’re really looking forward to seeing everybody again and things will start to crank up a notch,” Boothroyd told thefa.com.
“It’s good to get them all back in together, get re-focused and make sure we’re prepared properly for the Euros.
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“We’ve got players at different stages, we have lads who have played 40-game seasons who will need a different sort of conditioning to the guys who have played nine or 10 games.
“And we have players who have been coming off the bench and playing bit-parts for their teams and players who have played in different leagues as well, so we have a real mix in terms of fitness levels.”
The five-day meet next week at the FA’s St George’s Park base will start the countdown for the tournament opener against Sweden on Friday, June 16 while England also face Poland and Slovakia in Group A.
UEFA’s deadline for countries to name their final 23-man squad is Tuesday, June 6.
Boothroyd added: “We only have the Emirates FA Cup Final, the Championship play-off final and the Scottish Cup final to get through so fingers crossed we will get everybody unscathed and we can have a really good training camp.
“I’ll be looking for as much information as I can gather about where everybody’s at and then I’ll pick the squad. But there’s a lot of good players here so it’s going to be very difficult to leave players out.”
England training camp squad: Gunn (Manchester City), Mitchell (Derby), Pickford (Sunderland), Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday), Chambers (Arsenal), Chilwell (Leicester), Hause (Wolves), Holding (Arsenal), Holgate (Everton), Iorfa (Wolves), Mawson (Swansea), McQueen (Southampton), Stephens (Southampton), Targett (Southampton), Baker (Chelsea), Chalobah (Chelsea), Grealish (Aston Villa), Hughes (Derby), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Swift (Reading), Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Abraham (Chelsea), Brown (Huddersfield on loan from Chelsea), Gray (Leicester), Murphy (Norwich), Redmond (Southampton), Roberts (Manchester City), Woodrow (Fulham)