Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has been named to England’s newest U21 squad
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Norwich City right-back Max Aarons has retained his place in the England U21 squad, the first since Lee Carsley was appointed head coach of the Young Lions.

Aidy Boothroyd left the role after being eliminated from the group stage at the U21 European Championship earlier this year, with the former Everton Carsley midfielder being named as his assistant alongside former English, Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole Get the opportunity to extend his 11 internationals as one of the most experienced players in the squad.

The Canaries have said that Brandon Williams is standing by as cover for the squad, with the full-back recently on loan from Manchester United.

The The 20-year-old has an international match for the U21s and made her debut on Tuesday for Norwich.

Aarons is next to former Canary Islands team-mate Oliver Skipp with the midfielder staying in the U21 squad despite having played both of Tottenham’s top games since returning from his successful loan.

The Young Lions will travel to Romania for a friendly on Friday 3rd September, before a European qualifier against Kosovo takes place in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, September 7th.

At 23, Todd Cantwell is too old to be accepted – he won his fourth and last international match in March, after he was named as an injury substitute in Boothroyd’s squad.

Former City defender Ben Godfrey was in the England senior squad ahead of the European Championship and won two international matches before being eliminated when Gareth Southgate reduced his expanded first squad.

Godfrey, aged 23, is now too old for the U21 selection, but missed the start of the Everton season due to Covid-19 isolation that caught up with him in the fitness department

Only Nathan Redmond (26) and Chris Sutton (13) have won more than the 11 internationals that Aarons has earned as a Norwich City player.

The international break follows the home game against on Saturday Leicester, where Canarian players such as Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean, Christos Tzolis, Josh Sargent and Teemu Pukki all play internationally.

The young keeper Sam Blair is also keeping his place in the Republic of Ireland U21 squad and hopes to to win his first international match in the European Championship qualification in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Luxembourg. The 18-year-old is on loan to Bury Town.

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