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Gareth Southgate has said it is the right time for Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood and Manchester City starlet Phil Foden to get their England call-ups.
The Three Lions boss announced the pair as part of his 24-man squad to face Iceland (September 5) and Denmark (September 8) in the Nations League.
While Harry Maguire’s inclusion has stolen the headlines, the news of Greenwood and Foden’s inclusions in the squad has fallen under the radar.
The United teenager scored 17 goals as he formed part of a lethal front three with fellow England star Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
While Pep Guardiola gave the midfielder 38 appearances in the 2019/20 campaign, grabbing eight goals and nine assists in that time.
Both players could now make their senior England debuts – and the manager has explained why the pair have earned that opportunity.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Southgate said: “They have been involved with England with the junior teams. It's a step up for them but they are both more than capable.
"They have shown playing in big matches, for big clubs, that they are talented boys.
"They are both hugely exciting players who can be part of England's future. It is up to them to take it forward.
"It is now the right time a year away from the European Championships. Let's see if they can start to break into that team and that squad."
Foden will be joined in the squad by City team-mate Raheem Sterling, who was facing the prospect of missing out over coronavirus.
The forward attended Usain Bolt’s birthday party, where the 100-metre world record holder picked up the disease.
But Sterling tested negative for Covid-19 on Tuesday – but will have to get a second negative test.
You can read the rest of the 24-man England squad here:
Goalkeepers – Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Man City)
Midfielders – Eric Dier (Tottenham), Phil Foden (Man City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Harry Winks (Tottenham)
Forwards – Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Mason Greenwood (Man Utd), Danny Ings (Southampton), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City)
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