19-year old Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier has been drafted into training with the England senior side, after duo Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling pulled out due to injury. England have confirmed this via their official Twitter account.
Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier has been training with the under-20 England side as they prepare for games against Switzerland and Holland. But he was called into St Georges Park today to train with the senior side alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kyle Walker.
The youngster has been given the opportunity after injuries to both Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling has resulted in them having to pull out of the squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures.
He was used in several training drills, and was involved in matches amongst the players, starring in the first-choice midfield.
— England (@England) September 6, 2018
Southgate has recently expressed his opinion on the lack of England players to choose from, and said he may have to dip into the Championship as a result. He has also stated that he may look to promote from youth teams as is the norm for club football, and Tavernier’s opportunity to train with the seniors shows this.
Boro youngster Dael Fry is also training with England in the under-21s side, whereas striker Stephen Walker is with the under-19s, and emerging defender Nathan Wood is with the under-17s.
As well as Tavernier, Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah has also trained with the squad, but both players won’t be included in the squad for this weeks Nations League games.