Aidy Boothroyd has included Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe in his England Under-20 squad, which will travel to the Toulon Festival in France later this summer – the FA have confirmed.
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Ibe has been in scintillating form this season. He was the inspiration behind Derby County’s superb start to their campaign, before returning from his loan move in January to play a key role for the Reds.
He put in a memorable performance against Everton in our otherwise disappointing Merseyside derby stalemate, before kicking on with several more encouraging displays. Indeed, despite only having 16 first-team appearances for Liverpool to his name, hopes are high around Anfield that Ibe could be the next big thing.
There were a few raised eyebrows when he wasn’t included in either the England senior squad or in the Under-21s, who travel to the Czech Republic for the European Championships later this summer, but it now seems clear that the Three Lions are trying to keep the core of their respective squads together.
Ibe will no doubt welcome the chance to play in Toulon, where a tournament has been held for the last 42 years. England will compete in Group B alongside China, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco, while Costa Rica, France, Netherlands, Qatar and USA make up Group A.
England’s side are unbeaten in their last eight games, with the squad consisting of players born from 1 January 1993 onwards. Manchester United’s James Wilson, Arsenal’s Chuba Akpom and Chelsea’s Lewis Baker are the other notable inclusions.