Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Delight for Boro Pair at England U21 Squad Call-Up

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Delight for Boro Pair at England U21 Squad Call-Up

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JACK Harrison and Dael Fry have been named in the latest England Under-21 squad.

The Middlesbrough pair haven't had a great deal of first team action this year but Aidy Boothroyd decided to select them in his 26-man squad for European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Ukraine.

England currently sit on top of their group on the approach to the half-way point of the campaign following four successive wins after an opening draw with the Netherlands in September.

"It's been a good start to our new Euro campaign," said Boothroyd.

"We've got 13 points from the five games, a five-point lead at the top of our group and after analysing all of those games from different areas, we still think we could be better, so that's a real positive.

"We'll now be working hard to make sure we keep improving on our games so far and we've got two matches this month against Romania and Ukraine to try and do that."

England face Romania at Molineux, home of Wolves, on Saturday, March 24, in the Cyrille Regis International.

As a tribute to the former England, West Bromwich Albion and Wolves striker who passed away earlier this year, wreaths from all four of his clubs and the FA will be placed on the pitch along with a minute's applause to celebrate his contribution to football in England and the Midlands.

That match will lead into the Euro qualifier with Ukraine at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane on Tuesday, March 27, when Boothroyd's team will be looking to complete a double over their visitors following November's 2-0 win in Kiev.

Boothroyd has been able to call upon a squad featuring plenty of experience from the campaign so far, as well as two new faces in the shape of Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, who has previously featured with the Under-19s this season, and Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, who was part of the Under-20 World Cupwinning squad last summer. There's also a return to the squad for Spurs midfielder Harry Winks after he missed November's game through injury, while striker Tammy Abraham is back in the group after featuring in the senior squad last time out. …

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