Men's Team

City trio named in England Under-21 squad

Cole Palmer, Tommy Doyle and Taylor Harwood-Bellis have all been named in the England Under-21 squad for this month’s 2023 European qualifiers against Slovenia and Andorra.

The City trio all made their international Under-21 debuts last month in the Young Lions’ opening Group G qualifying clash against Kosovo’s Under-21s.

Handed his first start at Under-21 level, Palmer marked the occasion by scoring a stunning goal to help Lee Carsley’s side record a 2-0 victory.

Fellow City youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who is currently on loan at Anderlecht, also made his England Under-21 bow in what was former City Under-18 head coach Carsley’s first game in charge.


And a memorable night for the Club was sealed when another City Academy graduate, Tommy Doylewho joined SV Hamburger on a season-long loan in August - came on as a late substitute to win his maiden Under-21 cap.

Having made a winning start to their Group G qualifying campaign, the Young Lions will first travel to tackle Slovenia’s Under-21s on Thursday, October 7 before then facing Andorra’s Under-21s away on Monday, October 11.

Meanwhile, Elite Development Squad quartet, James Trafford, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, James McAtee and Morgan Rogers have all been included in the England Under-20 squad for forthcoming fixtures against Italy (home) and the Czech Republic (away).

Wilson-Esbrand and McAtee both recently made their City first team debuts in our Carabao Cup third round win over Wycombe.

Trafford is currently on loan at League One Accrington Stanley for the 2021/22 campaign while Rogers is on a season-long loan at Championship outfit Bournemouth.


Four City youngsters have also been included in the England Under-19s squad ahead of their October fixtures against France, Mexico and Belgium.

CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Sam Edozie and Callum Doyle have all been called up for the games which will be staged at the Marbella Football Centre.

Egan-Riley, Mbete and Edozie have all made their City first team debuts this term while Doyle is on a season-long loan spell at Sunderland.

Jadel Katongo and Rico Lewis have been included in England’s Under-18 squad for their October fixtures against Norway and Russia, with both matches to be played in Marbella.

And in a further international boost, True Grant, Nico O’Reilly, Kane Taylor and Isaac Smith have all been named in England’s Under-17 squad for their Euro Under-17 qualifiers against Armenia, Belarus and Slovakia.

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