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Ipswich midfielder called up for England U20 duty

Ipswich Town youngster Flynn Downes has been added to Paul Simpson’s England squad to face their German counterparts next Monday evening, report the club.

The 2017 World Cup winners face the German U20 side at the Colchester Community Stadium, home of League Two side, Colchester United. Downes has made ten appearances under Paul Lambert and his predecessor, Paul Hurst, starting the first two games to date under the former.

He becomes the third Ipswich Town player in the squad, joining his teammates Andre Dozzell and Chelsea loanee, Trevoh Chalobah. Fulham loanee Tayo Edun remains on the standby list, while Jack Lankester is on the same list for the U19 squad.

Downes made his Tractor Boys debut on the opening day of the 2017/18 season under Mick McCarthy, and made a further nine appearances before departing the club on a temporary basis in January 2018.

Said move was made to League Two, where he helped Nathan Jones’ Luton Town side to promotion to the third tier, as he made ten appearances in helping guide The Hatters to second place in the fourth division.

The 19 year-old has featured in England colours before, making five appearances for the U19 side between 2017-18, a side which he is no longer eligible for.

Downes and his two Ipswich teammates are joined by nine other representatives of the EFL, one of which is plying his trade at League Two, Grimsby Town.

Will Huffer (Leeds) dons the gloves, Sam Field and Kyle Edwards (West Brom) are fellow midfielders alongside Elliot Embleton (Grimsby), Tom Edwards (Stoke), Eberechi Eze (QPR) and Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) make up the EFL contingent.

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