Mason Greenwood ruled OUT of England squad for Under 21s European Championship group stage with injury as Norwich’s Todd Cantwell is called up to replace him for trip to Slovenia
- Mason Greenwood was back in the England fold for the first time since he was sent home for sneaking a beauty queen into the team hotel in Iceland
- Manchester United star has now pulled out of the Under 21s squad through injury
- Todd Cantwell will replace him for the group stages of the U21 Euros in Slovenia
- Greenwood will instead head back to United to continue his recovery from injury
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood will not travel with England’s Under 21s to the European Championship this afternoon after pulling out of the squad with injury.
Greenwood was initially included in Aidy Boothroyd’s squad for the upcoming group stages of the tournament in Slovenia, but has now been ruled out with injury and will instead head back to Manchester to continue his recovery.
Greenwood was back in the Under 21s squad for the first time since he was sent home from the senior squad for sneaking a beauty queen into the team hotel in Iceland.
Mason Greenwood was back in the England fold for the first time since the Iceland episode
Greenwood and Phil Foden were disciplined for bringing girls into England’s Covid bubble
He and Phil Foden were the players involved in that incident, and while the Man City midfielder was included in the November internationals, Greenwood was once again left out.
Norwich City striker Todd Cantwell has been called up in Greenwood’s place for the U21 Euros group stages, and has joined up with the rest of the squad for the journey to the tournament.
Due to Covid-19, the competition is taking place in two parts, with the group stages from 24 to 31 March, and the knockout stage from 31 May to 6 June.
England, knocked out at the first hurdle two years ago, face Switzerland, Portugal and Croatia in Group D.
Speaking about Greenwood’s initial call-up last week, manager Boothroyd said: ‘We treat every player as an individual and we think very carefully when and where we pick them. Clearly in Mason’s situation, it was right that he wasn’t right to play for his country and to stay where he was.
‘That period of time has done him the world of good. That’s a positive thing.
‘We felt as an organisation that Mason is going to be a key player in the future and we wanted to get him into this tournament, get some games into him and know what it’s like to be at a tournament.
The two girls went to the England team’s hotel to meet the young stars, who both made their debuts for the national team against Iceland on Saturday
‘He is an outstanding player. He’s got some great experiences already with his club, playing in the Champions League and the Europa League. He’s getting plenty of opportunities but we felt it was the right thing for him to come with us.’
That, of course, is now no longer the case as his wait to pull on the England shirt once again goes up.
Elsewhere in the squad, PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke, who has scored seven goals in 18 Eredivisie matches this season, has earned a first call-up.
Madueke – also eligible to play for Nigeria – left Tottenham Hotspur for PSV three years ago and has flourished in the first team this term.
Noni Madueke has received his first call-up after starring for PSV Eindhoven in Holland
UPDATED ENGLAND U21 SQUAD FOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town – on loan from West Brom), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)
Max Aarons (Norwich City) , Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City – on loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim – on loan from Tottenham), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, on loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham), Ben Wilmot (Watford)
Tom Davies (Everton), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Brom – on loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City – on loan from Tottenham)
Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Todd Cantwell (Norwich City), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)