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Arsenal trio get England U20 calls

PUBLISHED: 16:52 31 August 2018

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson celebrate victory during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin (pic Niall Carson/PA).

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson celebrate victory during the pre-season friendly match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin (pic Niall Carson/PA).

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Arsenal trio Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock have been called up to the England Under-20 squad for the upcoming games with the Netherlands and Switzerland.

England will host Switzerland at St. George’s Park in an invite-only fixture on Thursday September 6, before facing Netherlands away at KVV Quick Boys, Katwijk on Monday September 10.

And coach Paul Simpson has selected six players who were part of the Under21s Toulon Tournament-winning side this summer, while the squad also contains eight of the England team that took part in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals.

Simpson told the FA website: “We’ve got a bit of a mixed squad as it covers two age bands, so it’s the first time this group will have been together.

“It’s an opportunity for the players on the fringes of the Under-21s to stay involved in international football and for our younger players to develop.

“We expect two tough games against Switzerland and the Netherlands. They will have a similar mix of age bands. We want to give our players the chance to play against the best teams in Europe and show they are ready to move up.

“Across England teams we’ve shown over the past 18 months that there is a definite pathway to progress all the way up to the seniors.

“We want to develop this group with a view for them to break into the Under-21s, while following on from the success that last year’s Under-20s and at least maintain our position of second in the European elite league.”

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