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Keith Downing picks his squad for games in Portugal and with Iceland in Wycombe

Friday 08 Nov 2019
Lewis Gibson, Callum Slattery, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Jon Leko and Brandon Williams ahead of last month's game with Czech Republic

England MU20s are in action again in November, as they play their final games of 2019 against Portugal and Iceland.

Head coach Keith Downing has named his squad for the games, with the first match seeing them face Portugal on Thursday 14 November at the Municipal Stadium de Agueda.

It’s then back to home soil for their second match, which takes place against Iceland's U21s on Tuesday 19 November (7pm) at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park.

Downing has handed a first international call-up to Newcastle United midfielder Matthew Longstaff and West Ham goalkeeper Joseph Anang, while there’s a return to action for Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe who missed the first two camps of the season through injury.

There’s also a return to international football for Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell, who has previously been capped at both U16 and U17 level.

“We’ve got a consistent squad, but welcoming two new faces in Tyrese Campbell and Matty Longstaff, who are both playing very well for club, and some returns from injury for these games," said Downing.

Keith Downing's squad play Portugal and Iceland this month

“We’ve also seen Conor Gallagher progress up into the U21s, which is great news and ultimately the purpose of this squad. We’ve got a programme of games throughout the season to help drive their international development and hopefully get a number of these players in the U21 EURO squad for 2021.

“Portugal are notorious for producing really good young players and have a real pedigree in youth football. This group reached the final of last year’s U19 EURO so this will be a very good rest for our players.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming Iceland’s U21s to Wycombe. It’s a great chance for our squad to challenge themselves against an older age group and one that is doing well in their U21 EURO qualifying campaign.

“We’re looking for our players to perform well consistently in an England shirt and get in the habit of winning as part of their development, so they can produce in tournament football across the age groups up to senior level.”

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The Squad

Goalkeepers: Joseph Anang (West Ham United), Joe Bursik (Accrington Stanley, loan from Stoke City), Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

Defenders: Jayden Bogle (Derby County), Alex Cochrane (Brighton & Hove Albion)*, Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (FC Twente, loan from Manchester City), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Matthew Longstaff (Newcastle United), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)

Forwards: Luke Bolton (Luton Town, loan from Manchester City), Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City), Jack Clarke (Leeds United, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Loader (Reading), Ian Poveda Ocampo (Manchester City)

* Replaces Brandon Williams (Manchester United)

By Nicholas Veevers