Manchester United striker will be keen to impress after England call-up

by Sam Peoples

Will Keane has been rewarded for his good return to form at Manchester United with a call-up by Gareth Southgate to England’s Under-21s.

The 20-year-old spent all of last season on the sidelines following a cruciate ligament injury sustained on international duty with England but he has been fantastic since his return.

It is great to see him back amongst the goals after what has been a difficult year from him and Southgate admitted he was pleased to have him back.

“I’ve invited Will along to join us for training this week and it’s great to see him back,” Southgate said.

“He suffered the injury when he was playing for England last year, so I’d like him to feel that he’s in our thoughts.

“He’s back playing for United now, so if this can help him in his rehab and get re-acquainted with his England squad mates then we’re more than happy to help.”

Keane wasn’t likely to feature for England but Harry Kane has since withdrawn from the squad so he may be called upon sooner than he imagined.

Ben Pearson has also been recalled to England Under-19s squad following the withdrawal of Alex Mowatt through injury. It is unknown as to why Pearson was dropped from the squad in the first place but it is good to see him back in Noel Blake’s side.

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