England U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says before showing the Manchester United is sharing a space with bar rival Phil Foden on duty, he’s been impressed by Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood and Manchester City midfielder Foden are included in the squad together for the very first time, with the United earning his to the side of Boothroyd.
The 17-year-old has showcased in all four of the games of United this year.
“He is a very, very gifted player,” Boothroyd said. “He walks through the door and you immediately like him because he’s such a humble, pleasant young bloke.
“He is rooming with Phil funnily enough that’s both Manchester lads getting together and performing for England as well as living together for a couple of months too.
“Mason’s a great talent, we’ve only had one session but he seems very impressive and will surely increase the armoury we’ve got.”
Since making his debut nineteen-year-old Foden has featured 19 occasions. Despite struggling for minutes this year, Boothroyd says his situation is not one to be worried about.
“Phil’s working together with the top players from the world and possibly the best coach in the world so he’s going to have a lot of positives from that,” he further added.
“He is not playing games but I think City and Pep [Guardiola] know exactly just what to do together greater than maybe I would because they see of him than I do.”
Considering that the summer’s disappointing European Championship effort – which saw Boothroyd’s group depart the championship in the group stage – three members of that squad were called up to the senior side.
James Maddison, Mason Mount and aaron Wan-Bissaka have all been chosen by Gareth Southgate, also Boothroyd thinks there’s never been better time to make the step up.
“It’s good for me although we had the disappointment of this summer, three stars have come from it. They’re all really good characters and I’m absolutely delighted for them,” he explained.
“There has never been a better time to be an England player having a guy who is brave enough to perform with them in Gareth.
“I think they’re three very gifted players and they take advantage of these. They’re currently working as hard as they could to be all that they can be.
“They deservedly got into the England team and they need to do this bit of getting into the team and receiving a couple caps under their belt”
The U21s kick-off their European qualifying campaign with a visit to Turkey on Friday, before they go home to play Kosovo in Hull three days.