Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Fast-Track for United's Aarons; England Keeping Eye on United Duo

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Fast-Track for United's Aarons; England Keeping Eye on United Duo

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

ENGLAND bosses are running the rule over Rolando Aarons with a view to fast-tracking Newcastle United's flying winger into the under-21 set-up.

Aarons was handed his first England under-20 call earlier this season but there is a growing feeling within the Three Lions' management that the Jamaican-born winger should be considered for possible inclusion in the under-21 squad that will head to the European Championships in the Czech Republic.

Gareth Southgate will name his squad for a home friendly against Portugal in the coming days and while that may have come too early for Aarons, continued involvement with Newcastle will earn him further England honours before the season is out.

Although there has been talk of taking established senior internationals, Southgate is looking to this summer's tournament as a chance to blood players - and Roy Hodgson is also looking to youth.

The Journal understands that West Ham's Richard Cresswell, a left-back on Newcastle's radar in the summer, is being considered for a call-up to the senior side. The under-21s is increasingly seen as a breeding ground for the senior side and last month Hodgson invited Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, to train with the full team.

That may yet happen with the teenager. It is understood that England watched Aarons - along with Jack Colback - closely recently and that there has also been contact from the England management with Newcastle about the 18-year-old.

His performance against Manchester City, when he opened the scoring with a mazy run that was capped by a solo goal, confirmed the progress that FA bosses have been keen to keep an eye on.

There is a belief within the FA that after a fallow period the North East is again an area worth keeping an eye on. …

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