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Obita named in England U21s squad

13 May 2014

Royals youngster to face Wales

Royals youngster Jordan Obita has been named in Gareth Southgate's final England Under-21 squad of the season, for a Euro qualifier in Wales and the Toulon Tournament in France taking place this month.

The 20-year-old Academy product, who was named as Reading's player of the season, will travel with the Three Lions to Swansea on Monday 19 May for the first game, where they will be hoping to pick up another win in the race for next summer’s Euro Championship Finals.

That’s followed by the Toulon Tournament in southern France, where England will face Brazil, Colombia, Qatar and South Korea in their four group games.

"The Toulon Tournament is a chance to take the bulk of our group and maybe some players that we haven’t seen," said Southgate. "We’re very much viewing it as part of the preparation for what will hopefully be a Euro play-off in October and the Under-21 finals next summer."

Full England U21 Squad

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United).

Defenders: Tyias Browning (Everton), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Brad Smith (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Nat Chalobah (Chelsea), Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Josh McEachran (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Wide: Tom Ince (Crystal Palace)*, Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)*, Jordan Obita (Reading), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)*

Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley)*, Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

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