Saka, Bellingham amongst England Euro U21 omissions

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jude Bellingham of England during the UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier match between England U21 and Turkey U21 at Molineux on October 13, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Saka & Bellingham left out

Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham look to be in line for a senior England call up ahead of the European Championships after the pair were not included in the Under-21 Euro 2021 squad announcement.

Both Saka and Bellingham have recently made their England senior debuts under Gareth Southgate and have experienced stellar seasons at their club sides.

Saka has become one of Mikel Arteta key assets in his team and looks to be one of the most versatile players in the England squad. Being able to play on either flank and in a left back position, Saka gives Southgate plenty of options in regards to both team selection and formation decisions.

Still just 17, Bellingham has become a regular in the Dortmund starting XI in the Bundesliga and Champions League in the absence of the injured Axel Witsel. With the injury to Jordan Henderson, Bellingham presents a quality alternative to Southgate in the centre of midfield.

Mixed news for Arsenal & Chelsea youngsters

Callum Hudson-Odoi has enjoyed a element of rebirth under new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and has recently started several matches for the German coach. However, his inclusion in the squad for the under-21 European Championship squad seems to have spelled an end to any hopes of furthering his senior England career this summer.

The same seems to be the case for Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood who had also recently earned call-ups to Southgate’s side. Despite playing more under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Arsenal’s Saka seems to be the preferred choice for Southgate.

Plenty of eligible under 21 players have been left out of the side ahead of senior appearances including the aforementioned Saka and Bellingham. In addition to the pair, Mason Mount, Phil Foden, Reece James, Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also likely Southgate call-ups.

The future appears very bright for the national team.

In less positive news for Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson, he has now lost his place in the under-21 squad after falling out of favour at Arsenal and now playing with their under-23 side.

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