Josh McEachran has been named in Stuart Pearce’s squad to face Azerbaijan on September 1 at Watford before taking on Israel in a friendly at Barnsley four days later.
Despite not featuring in the first two games of the season, the young Blue has impressed enough in pre-season to warrant a place in the squad.
After a disappointing summer Under-21 championship, Pearce will be looking to get off to a winning start, and utilizing Josh in the centre of midfielder would be a help.
He will be up against Liverpool’s big buy Jordan Henderson, plus talented pair Henri Lansbury and Jack Rodwell for a starting place.
The full England Under 21 squad:
Ben Amos (Manchester United), Jack Butland (Birmingham), Declan Rudd (Norwich)Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Joe Bennett (Middlesbrough), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Steven Caulker (Tottenham), Craig Dawson (West Brom), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Martin Kelly (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool)Ross Barkley (Everton), Dan Gosling (Newcastle), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Emmanuel Frimpong (Arsenal), Henri Lansbury (Arsenal), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool)Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Marvin Sordell (Watford), Martyn Waghorn (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Connor Wickham (Sunderland)
By Scott Balaam