CATCH UP: Norwich City’s Todd Cantwell out of ePremier League Invitational after 6-2 Sheffield United defeat

Todd Cantwell played his last game before football's lockdown at Sheffield United. Now he takes on t

Todd Cantwell played his last game before football's lockdown at Sheffield United. Now he takes on the Blades again representing Norwich City in the ePremier League Invitational gaming event Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Todd Cantwell and Norwich City crashed out of the ePremier League Invitational gaming tournament in a 6-2 loss to Sheffield United’s Lys Mousset on Thursday afternoon.

Cantwell had been touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites in an event also featuring the likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold to raise funds for the #PlayersTogether initiative during football’s lockdown.

Mousset opened the scoring before Cantwell and Kenny McLean had put the Canaries ahead in the Fifa 20 match up, but John Fleck equalised before David McGoldrick and a Richairo Zivkovic hat-trick sealed the win for the Blades to set up a last eight tie against Wolves’ Diogo Jota.

Cantwell previously represented the Canaries at the QuaranTeam Cup event in the early days of football’s suspension due to the global pandemic. The England Under-21 ace is also still involved in a Three Lions’ event alongside club mate Max Aarons and some of England’s current international set-up from the men’s and women’s game.

Norwich fan Angus Gunn is also out after losing 4-0 to Bournemouth on Wednesday as Southampton’s representative in a tournament that culminates with the semi-finals and the final on Saturday afternoon broadcast on SkySports.

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The Canaries’ squad, and their playing colleagues right across the top flight, recently launched the #PlayersTogether movement to raise funds directly for the NHS.

“The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League are with all those directly affected by COVID-19,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. “In response to the pandemic, the league, our clubs and players are providing valuable support for communities and the NHS.

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“We are also aware of the importance of finding new ways to entertain fans at this time and we are excited to bring together a strong line-up of players for the ePremier League Invitational tournament.

“We know how popular FIFA 20 is with players and I am looking forward to seeing who will be crowned the ePL Invitational champion.”

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