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McNeil Back In England U21s

4 October 2019

Dwight McNeil has been named in the England U21 squad for their upcoming matches.

The Clarets teenager has again been included in Aidy Boothroyd’s 23-man squad, a month after being forced to withdraw from his debut call-up with a minor injury.

McNeil will now link up with the U21s at St George’s Park next Monday for fixtures away to Slovenia on Friday, October 11, and a European U21 Championship qualifier against Austria at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, on Tuesday, October 15.

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The 19-year-old winger, an ever-present in Sean Dyche’s squad this season, has previously been capped at U20 level after breaking into the senior set-up at Turf Moor just over a year ago.

And Clarets boss Sean Dyche believes McNeil has earned his chance to impress at U21 level.

He said: “Dwight has grown into what we do here. He has continued in the side by merit; by his performance levels and what he means to the team.

“His adaptation to the Premier League has been excellent. Going away in the summer you wonder, but he’s come back fit and he’s been active and looks alive.

"As for England, I’m sure he’s very proud of that and, when it comes his way, he will give everything he can towards it.”

If he features, McNeil will become the first Burnley player to be capped at England U21 level since Danny Ings, who played 13 times for the U21s and scored twice for the Young Lions in a 3-1 win over Portugal at Turf Moor in November, 2014.

 


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