Ten U20 World Cup heroes given first England U21 call-ups
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 24/08/17 7:30pm
Ten of England's U20 World Cup winners have been called up to Aidy Boothroyd's U21 squad for the first time.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman are included after featuring for Everton this term, as well as their team-mate Jonjoe Kenny, while Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters is involved, fresh from signing a new contract and making his senior debut.
Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles are also in the squad along with Lewis Cook of Bournemouth and, from the Sky Bet Championship, Nottingham Forest duo Joe Worrall and Kieran Dowell, who is on loan from the Toffees, are involved along with with Middlesbrough's Dael Fry.
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who is currently on loan at Shrewsbury Town, has also been given his first U21 call-up after being part of the U20 squad that lifted the trophy in Poland earlier this summer.
Three players who also celebrated that triumph continue their successful spells with the U21s for the upcoming European Qualifiers; Dominic Solanke, recently signed for Liverpool, Aston Villa's Tottenham loanee Josh Onomah and Newcastle's Freddie Woodman.
The rest of the U21 squad is made up of familiar faces in Tammy Abraham, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Tom Davies, Joe Gomez, Demarai Gray, Angus Gunn, Mason Holgate, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kasey Palmer.
Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks was not considered after only recently recovering from an ankle ligament injury. His only game-time since April has been as a late substitute in the opening game of the season at Newcastle.
Boothroyd's side take on the Netherlands in Doetinchem on Friday September 1, before hosting Latvia at Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium four days later.