Good news today that 20 year-old Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons has been named in the England U-21 squad for the UEFA European Championship Qualifier against Switzerland in Thun later this month.
Aarons has been injured most of the last couple of seasons, but he is now fit again and trying to break into the Newcastle’s first team with Rafa Benitez now the manager.
It’s great that the England U-21 manager Gareth Southgate has recognized the youngster’s talent.
Rolando Aarons – called up by England U-21 side
Duncan Watmore, Nathaniel Chalobah and Nathan Redmond have all been ruled out of the squad and that gives a chance to the talented Newcastle youngster.
This is what Gareth Southgate said about Rolando’s inclusion in the squad:
“For Rolando it is an opportunity for him to come with the Under-21s for the first time and a chance to impress us and get an understanding of the way we work.”
Two other youngsters in addition to Aarons get their first call-up for the U-21 squad – Swansea City’s Matt Grimes who is on loan at Blackburn and Isaac Hayden, on loan at Hull City from Arsenal.
Rolando has appeared 10 times for the Newcastle first team with two goals and already has made five appearances for the England U-20 squad with two goals.
Here is the full England U-21 squad:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday).
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Coventry City; on loan from Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton).
Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem; on loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Blackburn Rovers; on loan from Swansea City), Isaac Hayden (Hull City; on loan from Arsenal), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Brentford; on loan from Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Forwards: Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United), Chuba Akpom (Hull City; on loan from Arsenal), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem; on loan from Chelsea), James Wilson (Brighton & Hove Albion; on loan from Manchester Utd).