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.