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Everton: Ben Godfrey overlooked for senior England squad

Everton: Ben Godfrey overlooked for senior England squad -Everton News

Ben Godfrey has missed out on England’s senior squad for the upcoming internationals, instead receiving a call-up for the group stages of the Under-21 European Championship.

Godfrey joins Toffees team-mate Tom Davies in the squad for the games in Slovenia at the end of the month. The Young Lions will face Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia as they look to secure a place in the last eight.

Godfrey has made seven appearances for his country at under-21 level but may be disappointed not to be granted a senior international debut given his performances for Everton in recent months.

Godfrey has impressed at Everton

In the wake of Everton’s momentous victory at Anfield last month, BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty hailed his performance as ‘outstanding’ and dubbed the £25m summer signing a ‘revelation’.

“[He] will surely be catching the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate,” McNulty added.

Godfrey has started all but four Premier League games since his move from Norwich. The 23-year-old is averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 3.2 clearances per game and has been dribbled past a mere 0.3 times per match (via WhoScored).

Transfer Tavern verdict

Whilst Godfrey’s inclusion in the under-21 roster doesn’t necessarily preclude his involvement at the men’s European Championships in the summer, it suggests that Southgate doesn’t think he’s quite ready for that level yet.

After all, this is the final international break before the pre-tournament training camp, and so Southgate’s selection will be telling.

It seems more likely that Godfrey plays a part in the under-21 knockout rounds if England progress. They are set to begin on 31 May and conclude with the final on 6 June.

He would be unfortunate to miss out. Southgate called up Joe Gomez in November prior to his season-ending injury, and Godfrey is an ample replacement judging by how he has been playing this term, not least in big occasions such as the Merseyside derby.

In other news, Everton are reportedly facing competition in their pursuit of this defender.


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