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Local Lad On Radar For International Call-Up Confirms Manager

Matty Longstaff’s goal against has Manchester United been making waves across football this week. The heartwarming story of a local lad scoring in his debut is something that many people who love the game will appreciate.

One of those people who thought Matty’s goal and performance was great to see is England U-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd.

According to the Daily Mail, Boothroyd and his assistant Lee Carsley have watched Matty on a few occasions.

Boothroyd talked about the 19-year-old recently. This is what he had to say:

“We are certainly aware of him. It’s a little bit early. There are one or two who have been at it for a period of time. That’s not to say he won’t get in because I’ve been to see him.

“Last week was brilliant – it was great to see and great for football I thought. The whole crowd connected with it.

“He’s up against some good players in Tom Davies, Joe Willock, Phil Foden and Oliver Skipp. There is some talent there – it’s a tough area to break into.”

Matty has not been capped at any level for England. The four midfielders Boothroyd mentioned have all been capped at multiple youth levels. Only Arsenal’s Joe Willock and Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp have not made an appearance for the U-21s yet. Though they have both received call-ups this time around.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden is one of the hottest prospects in English football, while Tom Davies is a regular for Everton.

So Matty does have a lot of competition in the midfield though he still has a few years where he can breakthrough. He seems to be a player who is improving all the time and at an impressive rate.

The England U-21 team play a friendly against Slovenia today and then play a EURO U-21 Qualifier against Austria next Tuesday.

12 comments so far

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Re post. NYmag I think I give some posters the impression you chastised me for name calling. As if you would.

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #2

    You did but I think you were joking. I don’t think either Longstaffs have been involved in any of the England youth teams. which is surprising.

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #3

    It would be fantastic if both brothers were to play for England later in their careers.

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully while still playing for the Toon.

  • NY Mag

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #5


    Wouldn’t that be wonderful, a pair of Geordie brothers playing for England, it might be a while away, but we can but dream 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #6


    I commented on the previous post, you got my sarcasm (and it appears a few people did not)

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Ah ok. Yes it would be great. I can’t see it though not while Southgate is manager. He likes players who have come through the youth teams. I don’t think Sean did. Matty may get a chance in the under 21s though their manager says he will have a lot of competition. So that’s s NO.

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s never a Jabbas fault

    Let’s just ignore the guy who’s has dismantled our club into a thousand pieces so he can take every penny possible

    And have people post stuff here to deny it

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Ain’t it great

    Let’s hope it go’s on forever

  • carltoon

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Who’s posted stuff to deny it, I’ll give them a clip round the lug.

  • toon22

    Oct 11, 2019 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #11

    To claim that you either haven’t read stuff here
    Don’t pay attention
    Or don’t care

    I’m not fussed

    We arnt going to stand aside while Jabba ends us

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 11, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Why wud ashley destroy the club he uses as an advertising vehicle?


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