West Ham United pair Grady Diangana and Nathan Trott were left out of Aidy Boothroyd’s matchday squad for England U21s’ 3-2 victory over Turkey U21s, as shown on Sky Sports.
A brace from Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson’s winner were enough to cancel out Turkey’s two goals, which came either side of half time, earning the Young Lions the win in their first U21 Euros qualifier.
However, Diangana and Trott – who are on loan at West Bromwich Albion and AFC Wimbledon respectively – were not included on the bench, so they are still waiting for their first appearances for the U21s, as per their individual Transfermarkt profiles.
Diangana has been a threat for West Brom since going on loan to the Hawthorns, having scored three goals in two starts and two substitute appearances, as per WhoScored.
In addition, he has averaged 1.5 key passes, 1.5 dribbles and 0.5 crosses per game, while being fouled 1 time on average and completing 84.9% of all the passes he has attempted.
Trott has also played in four games this season, though he has featured for the full 90 minutes between the sticks each time, keeping one clean sheet, while he has averaged four saves per game, as per SofaScore.
It will likely be disappointing for the pair not to have even made the bench, but it is still a good experience to be involved with England U21s given how important U21 football can be in a player’s development.
“It was very important because it was my first big adventure with the national team. When you join up with the U21s as a boy, it’s a dream that you’ve had since playing in the youth ranks,” legendary midfielder Andrea Pirlo told UEFA’s official website back in June when discussing football at U21 level.
In addition, there is still hope they will have some involvement, as there is a game against Kosovo U21 to be played on Monday.
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