Angel Gomes wins first England U21 cap, as Callum Hudson-Odoi left out

Former Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes wins first England U21 cap, but there is still no room for Callum Hudson-Odoi in Lee Carsley’s squad for Euro 2023 qualifiers against Slovenia and Andorra

  • Former Manchester United forward won Under-17 World Cup with England
  • Hudson-Odoi turned down call-up in August to focus on Chelsea development
  • Chelsea midfielder expected to switch international allegiances to Ghana
  • Lee Carsley’s men face Slovenia and Andorra on October 7 and October 11
  • Young Lions beat Kosovo 2-0 to open Euro 2023 qualifying campaign

Former Manchester United forward Angel Gomes has been handed his first England Under-21s call up, but there is no room for Callum Hudson-Odoi in Lee Carsley’s squad for upcoming qualifiers against Slovenia and Andorra later this month.

In August, the Chelsea midfielder turned down the chance of being part of Carsley’s first England Under-21 squad preferring instead to focus on his development at Chelsea.

‘He is not happy with his situation but he never ever brings his frustration to work.’ the England Under-21 manager said at the time. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi is considering switching international allegiances to Ghana

The 21-year-old turned down the chance of joining the England Under-21 squad in August

‘Callum is a player that we really like. I’ve had some really good conversations with him and his advisor. Callum felt that it wasn’t the right time for him at the minute to come with England.’

Last month, meanwhile, it emerged Hudson-Odoi was considering switching his allegiances to Ghana with England manager Gareth Southgate growing resigned to the 21-year-old making himself unavailable for selection for the Three Lions.

Hudson-Odoi has dual nationality and FIFA rules would allow him to play senior international football for Ghana because he has not represented England at the finals of a major tournament, and all of his three competitive senior appearances came before the age of 21. 

Angel Gomes could make his England Under-21 debut after winning his first Young Lions cap

The 21-year-old won the Under-17 World Cup with England in 2017 while at Manchester United

Gomes, meanwhile, could make his debut for the Young Lions next week after receiving his first call-up.

The 21-year-old, who left Old Trafford last year and joined Lille, links up with the squad for their Euro 2023 qualifiers in Slovenia and Andorra this month.

Gomes won the World Cup with England Under-17s in 2017 and made 10 appearances, without scoring, for United.

He moved to Lille in 2020 and spent last season on loan at Boavista, scoring six goals in 30 games to help them finish 12th in Portugal’s Primeira Liga.

Lee Carsley’s men take on Slovenia and Andorra next week in the Euro 2023 qualifiers

Rhian Brewster scored in England’s 2-0 win over Kosovo in their first Group G game

Harvey Elliott is missing after dislocating his ankle at Leeds last month while Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe will be hoping to feature this time after returning from the last squad early through illness.

Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp, Crystal Palace’s Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher and Liverpool’s Curtis Jones are all included again.

The Young Lions beat Kosovo 2-0 in Carsley’s first game in charge last month to open their Euro 2023 qualifying campaign.

It came after they were forced to cancel a friendly in Romania after two positive coronavirus cases among the squad and coaching staff.

They face Slovenia in Group G in Celje on October 7 before going to Andorra on October 11. 

England Under-21 squad for upcoming Euro 2023 qualifiers 

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), Luke Thomas (Leicester City)

Midfielders: Tommy Doyle (Hamburg, on loan from 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)

Forwards: Folarin Balogun (Arsenal), Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Angel Gomes (Lille), Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool, loan from Arsenal), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal) 

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