Why is Greenwood’s inclusion significant?
It is the first time the Manchester United forward will return to the national fold after being dropped from the senior squad in September due to breaking COVID-19 restrictions.
Greenwood, along with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, made his senior England debut against Iceland in September in a 1–0 win.
Both players were dropped, however, after footage emerged that they had broken the squad’s COVID-19 ‘bubble’ at the team hotel in Iceland. They subsequently did not travel to Denmark for England’s second Nations League group-stage match.
Greenwood has, however, struggled for form since the incident and has only amassed one goal in his last 25 games for his club.
Who are the surprise inclusions?
PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke joins a talented crop of attacking players at manager Aidy Boothroyd’s disposal.
The 19-year-old has scored seven goals in 18 Eredivisie matches this season.
Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe has also earned his first call-up to the under-21 side following his impressive form in recent months.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham’s absence from the under-21 side could point towards a potential inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s senior team, which will be announced on Thursday.
What is the full squad?
Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United).
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Wilmot (Watford).
Midfielders: Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur).
Attackers: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal).
When will the tournament be played?
The tournament begins on Wednesday, March 24 with all group-stage fixtures taking place until March 31.
The knockout rounds will then resume after the domestic season concludes on May 31 and the final is scheduled to take place on June 6 — five days before the senior tournament kicks off.
England begin their finals campaign against Switzerland on March 25. Their following group games are against Portugal and Croatia on March 28 and 31 respectively.
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