England Under-20s squad named for France double-header

Tuesday 03 Nov 2015
England U20s ahead of their game against Czech Republic in September

Keith Downing has named a 20-man squad for England Under-20s’ double-header against France.

The Young Lions travel to Brittany to take on Les Bleuets in St Brieuc on 11 November and then in Ploufragan three days later.

These fixtures follow October’s Mercedes-Benz Elite Cup in Germany, where England beat Holland and Turkey, before narrowly losing the final game against the hosts.

France v England

Under-20s international fixtures
2pm, Wednesday 11 November
1.30pm, Saturday 14 November
Brittany, France

There is a return to the international scene for Chelsea's Charlie Colkett, who made his first club appearance on 20 October after sitting out the opening two months with an ankle injury picked up in their pre-season tour of Austria.

The midfielder comes into the Under-20s for the first time and will be joined in the squad by club-mate Ola Aina, who has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.

Manchester City also have two players in the group – defender Ashley Smith-Brown and midfielder Brandon Barker.

England Under-20s boss Keith Downing

Goalkeeper Russell Griffiths and right-back Mason Holgate come into the squad from Everton’s academy, while from across Stanley Park, Liverpool’s Cameron Brannagan - who started his first senior game for Jurgen Klopp's men in their League Cup win over Bournemouth - is also included.

Reds striker Ryan Kent – currently on loan at Coventry City – forms one of a four-man forward group.

Alex Gilliead, Tyler Walker and Sam Gallagher complete the front line.

The squad will meet up on Sunday 8 November.

Follow @england on Twitter for updates throughout the camp.

England Under-20s squad

Ted Smith (Southend United), Russell Griffiths (Halifax, on loan from Everton)

Ashley Smith-Brown (Manchester City), Ola Aina (Chelsea), Mason Holgate (Everton), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Reece Burke (Bradford City, on loan from West Ham), Baily Cargill (AFC Bournemouth), Bryn Morris (York City, on loan from Middlesbrough)

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Brown (Birmingham), Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool), Matt Grimes (Swansea City), Brandon Barker (Manchester City), Charlie Colkett (Chelsea), 

Ashley Fletcher (Manchester United)*, Ryan Kent (Coventry City, on loan from Liverpool), Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United, on loan from Newcastle), Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest), Sam Gallagher (MK Dons, on loan from Southampton)

* Replaces Demarai Gray (Birmingham City), who joins Under-21s squad

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer