Men's Under 21s
Men's Under 21s

Brandon Williams, Rhys Williams and Sam Surridge join MU21s as four withdraw

Monday 05 Oct 2020
Brandon Williams played for England MU20s last season and is now in Aidy Boothroyd's MU21s

Brandon Williams, Rhys Williams and Sam Surridge have been called up to the England MU21s squad for the forthcoming 2021 UEFA U21 EURO Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Turkey.

However, Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd will be without Japhet Tanganga, Tariq Lamptey, Reiss Nelson and Rhian Brewster who are withdrawn from the initial squad named last week.

Chelsea's Reece James has also left the group, having been promoted to the senior squad for the first time.

For Manchester United left-back Brandon and Liverpool central defender Rhys, this is their first call up to the MU21s, having previously represented other Young Lions age groups with Rhys Williams having been initially named in Lee Carsley's MU20s squad last week.

AFC Bournemouth striker Surridge has previously been capped by the MU21s last season, scoring in a 2-2 draw with Slovenia in October 2019.

Boothroyd’s side require four points to secure top spot in their group and they start with a trip to Andorra on Wednesday 7 October before returning to home soil to face Turkey at Molineux on Tuesday 13 October.

England MU21 squad to face Andorra & Turkey

Goalkeepers: Brandon Austin (Tottenham Hotspur)* Josef Bursik (Stoke City FC, on loan at Doncaster Rovers), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Norwich City), Marc Guehi (Chelsea, on loan at Swansea), Reece James (Chelsea)^, James Justin (Leicester City), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton & Hove Albion)**, Jonathan Panzo (Dijon), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur)**,. Brandon Williams (Manchester United)***, Rhys Williams (Liverpool)***

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Dasilva (Brentford), Tom Davies (Everton), Ebere Eze (Crystal Palace), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur, on loan at Norwich City)

Forwards: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United)**, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)**, Sam Surridge (AFC Bournemouth)***, Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham Hotspur)

* Replaces Ellery Balcombe (Brentford)
^ Joined senior squad
** Withdrawn injured
*** Added to squad

By Nicholas Veevers