Eze, Madueke Named in England Squad for 2021 U21 EURO

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh

The English Football Association has announced a 23-man roster for the upcoming 2021 UEFA European U21 Championship group stages, with two players on the radar of the Nigeria Football Federation making the cut.

PSV Eindhoven winger Noni Madueke is among three new faces in the Young Lions squad, while Crystal Palace attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze is set to feature in his first major tournament for his country of birth.

London-born Madueke has openly flirted with the Dutch national team in recent weeks, saying he was open to represent the Netherlands in the next two and a half years.

The Tottenham Hotspur academy product previously represented England at U16, U17 and U18 levels.

Madueke is having a banner season at PSV, with a goal involvement of 17 (9 goals, 8 assists) in 26 appearances across all competitions.

Eze, who trained with Nigeria’s national team in March 2017 before a cancelled friendly against Burkina Faso, has retained his place on the roster following his fine performances for Crystal Palace.

Eze, the former Arsenal schoolboy appeared in four matches during the U21 EURO qualifiers.

Fides learnt that England will face Croatia, Portugal and Switzerland in Group D, with only two of the four countries progressing to this summer’s knockout stage.