England U21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says before showing the Manchester United ahead is sharing a space with club rival Phil Foden on duty, he has been impressed by Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood and also Manchester City midfielder Foden have been included at the U21 squad for the first time.
The 17-year-old has showcased in all four of United’s games this year.
“He’s a very, very talented player,” Boothroyd said. “He walks through the door and you immediately like him because he is such a humble, nice young bloke.
“He’s rooming with Phil funnily enough that’s both Manchester lads getting together and acting for England as well as living together for a couple of weeks as well.
“Mason’s a wonderful talent, we’ve only had one session but he seems really striking and will certainly add to the armoury we have got.”
Since making his debut, nineteen-year-old Foden has showcased 19 occasions. Despite fighting for minutes so far this season, Boothroyd says that his position is not one to worry about.
“Phil’s working with the best players on the world and possibly the best coach in the world so he’s going to get a great deal of positives from that,” he added.
“He’s not playing games but I think City and Pep [Guardiola] understand just what to do together greater than perhaps I’d since they see more of him than I do.”
Since the summer’s disappointing European Championship effort – that saw the staff depart of Boothroyd the championship in the group point – three members of that squad were called up into the older side.
Mason Mount, aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Maddison all have been selected by Gareth Southgate, and Boothroyd believes there has never been better time to make the step up from the U21s.
“It is terrific for me that although we had the disappointment of this summer, three stars have come out of it. They are all really fantastic characters and I’m absolutely delighted for them,” he explained.
“There has never been a better time to be an England player having a man who’s brave enough to play them in Gareth.
“I think that they’re three very talented players and they take advantage of them. They are working as hard as they can to be all that they can be.
“They deservedly got into the England team and they need to do this last bit of getting to the team and getting a couple caps under their belt”
The U21s kick-off their European qualifying campaign with a visit to Turkey until three days they go home to play with Kosovo at Hull.