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Foden wins first England Under-21 call-up

Phil Foden has won his first England Under-21 call-up.

The City midfielder skips the England Under-20s and goes straight into Aidy Boothroyd’s side for the games against Andorra and Scotland this month.

England need to only draw one of those two games to secure a place at next summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Italy and San Marino.

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For Foden, it is the latest feather in the talented youngster’s steady rise through the ranks at club and national team level.

Foden is one of three new faces for the Under-21s with Harvey Barnes and Reiss Nelson following James Maddison and Mason Mount’s senior call-ups and Demarai Gray’s injury.

England play Andorra at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium on Thursday 11 October, and then they will travel north of the border to Edinburgh to face Scotland at Tynecastle on Tuesday 16 October.

"There will be one or two opportunities for players who haven’t played for the U21s yet, to show what they’re all about,” said Under-21s coach Boothroyd (courtesy The FA.com)

“I really believe our system is working to benefit all of our players at the moment and it all starts at the top, when you’ve got a manager like Gareth.

“He believes in youth, the system that we have and the way that we work so when the senior team get injuries, his first thought is to call me and look into the U21s squad. There’s never been a better time to be an England player.”

For Foden, 18, it is an exciting opportunity to show what he’s capable in a higher age bracket.

He has won three Under-19s caps, two Under-18s and 23 Under 17s caps.

England Under-21 squad: Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, loan from Manchester United), Angus Gunn (Southampton), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County, loan from Chelsea), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders: Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Leicester City), Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Josh Onomah (Sheffield Wednesday, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa, loan from Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim, loan from Arsenal), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool

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