England call-up for Sunderland forward

Rees Greenwood's impressive form for Sunderland's title-chasing Under-21 side has been rewarded with an England call-up.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 4:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 4:51 pm
Rees Greenwood has received an England call-up

Greenwood, who has established himself as a key player for Andy Welsh's Under-21 side, has been selected for England Under-20s’ upcoming game against Canada.

Welsh praised the promising 20-year-old winger after he had a hand in all three goals in their recent 3-2 win over Everton.

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"We've been working on his end product for weeks and I think he showed a much better final pass," Welsh told the Echo.

His performances have now resulted in his first international call-up at this level.

A delighted Greenwood tweeted: "Buzzing to receive my first call up for England next week. Thanks for all the nice messages, really appreciate it."

Greenwood, the Barclays U21 Premier League Player of the Month for February, is the only Sunderland player to be selected and he joins the likes of Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in the 20-man squad.

The Young Lions’ clash against Canada will take place at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium on 27 March (4pm kick-off), with Keith Downing taking charge of his first game in permanent charge of the under-20s after victories over Czech Republic, Holland and Turkey while in temporary charge.

Hartlepool-born Middlesbrough midfielder Bryn Morris, currently on loan at Walsall and Newcastle United's Alex Gilliead - on loan at Carlisle United - have also been called up by England.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City) Ted Smith (Southend United),

Defenders: Ola Aina (Chelsea), Mason Holgate (Everton), Reece Burke (Bradford City - on loan from West Ham), Harry Toffolo (Peterborough - on loan from Norwich City), Jake Cooper (Reading), Kean Bryan (Manchester City),

Midfielders: Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur), Bryn Morris (Walsall - on loan from Middlesbrough), Joe Williams (Everton), Charlie Colkett (Chelsea), James Maddison (Coventry - on loan from Norwich), Kasey Palmer (Chelsea).

Forwards: Ryan Kent (Liverpool), Brandon Barker (Manchester City), Alex Gilliead (Carlisle Utd - on loan from Newcastle), Ashley Fletcher (Barnsley - on loan from Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Rees Greenwood (Sunderland).