Reports: Gareth Southgate lines up Adam Forshaw for England squad

Forshaw has impressed many people since making his Premier League debut, one admirer - according to the Telegraph - is the England boss.

Reports: Gareth Southgate lines up Adam Forshaw for England squad
Adam Forshaw battles with Jordan Ibe in Middlesbrough's most recent game | Photo: GettyImages/Nigel Roddis

Middlesbrough earned their first home league win of the season on Saturday, beating Bournemouth 2-0.

Adam Forshaw played in the match which was his eighth start this year.

Forshaw's performances, which earned him praise on BBC's Match of the Day against Sunderland and West Ham, have caught the caretaker England manager's eye - according to the Telegraph.

The former Evertonian would be the first Middlesbrough player to be called up for England, while currently playing for Boro since Stewart Downing's inclusion for England's friendly against Slovakia  on March 28th 2009.

From Wigan to Wembley

When Middlesbrough paid £2 million to Wigan Athletic for Forshaw in January 2015, it was obvious that Boro boss Aitor Karanka rated him highly.

Wigan themselves had just paid £4 million from newly promoted Brentford for his services, the move not working out.

Forshaw wasn't a starter in the Championship for Middlesbrough, and even when deputising for either Adam Clayton or Grant Leadbitter during injury or suspension he would be replaced when they returned.

Forshaw wheels away after scoring the winner in a vital Championship v Reading | Photo: Richard Lee/BPI
Forshaw wheels away after scoring the winner in a vital Championship v Reading | Photo: Richard Lee/BPI

Aitor Karanka had Forshaw as his fourth choice in the defensive midfield positions going into this Premier League season but, with captain Leadbitter out through injury, Forshaw found himself on the bench for the opening game vs Stoke City.

Adam Clayton - a start peformer for Boro in the promotion winning season - partnered new £12 million signing Marten de Roon in the middle of the park when the first top flight game at the Riverside since 2009 kicked off.

De Roon, however, picked up an injury less than 20 minutes into the game and Forshaw came on in his place.

A great cameo appearence followed by quality performances against Sunderland and West Brom cemented his place in the starting eleven.

Forshaw has kicked on this season and taken his opportunity. He is surely now a nailed on starter for Middlesbrough. This has put him in contention for an England spot.

Will we see more Teesside influence on the England squad?

As well as Adam Forshaw, Ben Gibson has been another Boro played talked about as a possible England player.

During the summer, it was reported that former England manager Sam Allerdyce was possibly going to fast track Gibson into the national team set up.

Gibson, who has flourished at centre back under former Spain and Real Madrid defender Karanka, was left out of England's most recent squad infavour of Burnley's Michael Keane.

Ben Gibson has played every minute of this season, the only Boro player to do so | Photo: GettyImages/
Ben Gibson has played every minute of this season, the only Boro player to do so | Photo: GettyImages/Rob Newell

Gareth Southgate, who is in charge of England until the end of 2016, has been looking at bringing in these two players who both play at his former club, but he is not the only ex-Boro man to do this.

Southgate won the Carling Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004 and reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006, but his affiliation with the Teesside outfit does not necessarily mean he will pick Boro's players.

Former England manager Steve McClaren went straight from losing the 2006 UEFA Cup final and walked straight into the England job.

McClaren oversaw his captain, Southgate, lift the Carling Cup and saw his side lose 4-0 to Sevilla in Eindhoven.

His time incharge of England has been widely criticised, but he also played Stewart Downing who had come through the ranks at Middlesbrough.

It is possible, therefore, that Gibson and Forshaw could be played in Southgate's squad as he knows the club they play at.

It is more conceivable, though, that he is looking at Forshaw due to his recent form. The same thing can be said for Gibson, and the fact that he is left footed makes him niche and a possible asset to England.