Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell handed first England U21s call-up

Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell has been called up to the England U21 squad for the first time, as new manager Lee Carsley announced his squad for the upcoming Euro U21 qualifying matches against Romania and Kosovo.

Cresswell, who recently turned 19, signed a new deal and Elland Road earlier this week following his impressive season last year – where he captained the U23s to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title.

The 19-year-old is yet to feature for England at U21s level before, but following their disappointing Euro campaign earlier this year, it appears that Carsley is looking to build for the future as he starts to promote some of England U19s most talented stars.

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Despite only having one senior outing to his name at Elland Road – which came in September last year – Cresswell has begun the season mixing in and around the first and was named on the bench for last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton.

His call-up follows the inclusion of Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford in the senior England squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The full England U23s squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Bursik (Stoke City), Etienne Green (St. Etienne), Josh Griffiths (Lincoln City, loan from West Bromwich Albion)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Levi Samuels-Colwill (Huddersfield Town, loan from Chelsea), Charlie Cresswell (Leeds United), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Anderlecht, loan from Manchester City), Valentino Livramento (Southampton), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Thomas (Leicester City)

Midfielders: Tommy Doyle (Manchester City), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace, loan from Chelsea), Jimmy Garner (Nottingham Forest, loan from Manchester United), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forward: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Harvey Elliott (Liverpool), Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool, loan from Arsenal), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal)

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