Gareth Southgate recently announced his England squad for upcoming UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain, and they featured some very exciting names.
The likes of James Maddison, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount were all called up after making brilliant starts to the season giving a refreshing look to the current Three Lions set up.
However, as ever, the exclusion of other individuals has stirred debate.
With Maddison and Mount both selected for the senior squad, space in the England U21 side has opened up with manager Aidy Boothroyd looking towards West Brom man Harvey Barnes to help fill it for matches versus Andorra and Scotland.
Barnes — on loan from Leicester City — has been brilliant so far in the Championship with his solo goal in West Brom’s recent 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday epitomising the impact he has made since arriving at the Hawthorns during the summer.
With that in mind, the 20-year-old was probably also worthy of a call-up to the senior squad if Southgate deems what Mount has done thus far as enough to warrant inclusion.
The English youngsters statistics for the season are fairly similar and, ultimately, the impact they have had at their respective clubs has been practically identical.
Mount’s display against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup would have given him the edge over players such as Barnes in Southgate’s thinking and, while the Chelsea youth product looks to have the higher ceiling out of the two, this campaign they have been playing at the same level.
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