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West Brom’s Cheltenham Town loanee Josh Griffiths earns England U21 call up

Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Josh Griffiths has been called up to the England U21 squad for the Young Lions UEFA European Championship campaign starting in March.

The 19-year-old on-loan from West Brom, has been imperious in goal for the Robins. Griffiths kept a clean sheet on his professional debut in the EFL Cup away against Peterborough in September.

The teenager has kept 16 clean sheets which leads the way for keepers in League Two, conceding just 31 goals in 34 games to date with Cheltenham. The Robins hold the second meanest defence in the division behind Salford, who the Robins play on Saturday.

England’s group games against Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia are running from the 25-31 March, meaning Griffiths will miss the away game against Morecambe on the 27th March and faces the possibility of missing games at the end of May should England progress.

Earlier in the season, Griffiths was a part of the England under-19s squad which led to him missing the away victory at Carlisle United.

Across the board, England selected a very strong squad to compete in the summer with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Emille Smith-Rowe and Mason Greenwood all selected.

Full Squad Below

Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (Stoke City), Josh Griffiths (Cheltenham Town, loan from West Bromwich Albion), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Marc Guehi (Swansea City, loan from Chelsea), Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth), Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Steven Sessegnon (Bristol City, loan from Fulham), Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur), Ben Wilmot (Watford)

Midfielders: Tom Davies (Everton), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (West Bromwich Albion, loan from Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Oliver Skipp (Norwich City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Attackers: Rhian Brewster (Sheffield United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal)

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