Two West Ham players are in contention to make their England U21 debuts tonight. Grady Diangana and Nathan Trott – who are both out on loan – are in the England U21 squad ahead of tonight’s qualifier against Kosovo U21s.
The game will take place at Hull City’s KCOM Stadium and England will be hoping for back-to-back wins. On Friday night, the young Lions triumphed with a 3-2 win over Turkey.
Eddie Nketiah scored twice and Reiss Nelson got on the scoresheet too as England U21s came from behind to win. But the Hammers pair were snubbed. Neither Diangana nor Trott were named in the matchday squad against Turkey. Could that change tonight?
Nathan Trott: Debut unlikely
Trott stepped up from England U20s to the U21s for this international break. This was a testament to his inspirational form for League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon on loan this season.
The 20-year-old has produced a string of fine saves for Wimbledon but his side remain in the relegation zone and they are without a win this season. But is this enough to earn Trott his England U21 debut?
Unfortunately, probably not. Aaron Ramsdale is playing Premier League football for Bournemouth and he started on Friday night. Ellery Balcombe (Brentford) was on the bench, meaning Trott is probably the third-choice stopper. With just one place up for grabs, it is unlikely that we will see Trott tonight.
Grady Diangana has fighting chance
Diangana has a better chance of playing, despite missing out on the matchday squad on Friday night. The 21-year-old has already scored three goals for West Brom this season, including a double on his league debut against Luton Town.
Reiss Nelson and Phil Foden were preferred in the attacking midfield spots. Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell, Omar Richards and Eberechi Eze were among the subs. But there was no spot for Diangana.
The left-footed playmaker has arguably been better than Eze and Richards this season, though, and will fancy his chances of making the squad. Diangana might not start but he could make his England U21 debut from the bench.