Rolando Aarons called up to England under-21 squad

The Newcastle United player has been called up to the England squad to face Switzerland in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier.

Rolando Aarons called up to England under-21 squad
Can Rolando Aarons impress? | Photo: nufc.co.uk

Rolando Aarons has been named in the England under-21 squad for the first time ahead of their UEFA European Under-21 Championships qualifying clash against Switzerland.

Aarons, 20, has featured in just eight Premier League games this season due to injury, but the coaching team have been impressed by the progress of the young winger.

Born in Jamaica, Aarons moved to Bristol at just five-years-old, before having a trial at Newcastle United, which led to his signature in 2012 – before making 15 appearances during his stay on Tyneside.

The full England under-21s squad to face Switzerland is: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), Christian Walton (Brighton and Hove Albion), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Coventry City; on loan from Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton), Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem; on loan from Chelsea), Matt Grimes (Blackburn Rovers; on loan from Swansea City), Isaac Hayden (Hull City; on loan from Arsenal), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), John Swift (Brentford; on loan from Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United), Chuba Akpom (Hull City; on loan from Arsenal), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem; on loan from Chelsea), James Wilson (Brighton and Hove Albion; on loan from Manchester United).

Newcastle United youth players called up

Elsewhere, Alex Gilliead has been called up to the England under-20 squad for their fixture against Canada over the Easter weekend.

Currently on a season-long loan at Carlisle, the 20-year-old has been named in Keith Downing’s side to take on their opponents at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.

With four goals in 31 appearances for Carlisle, the youngster has recently extended his stay at Newcastle until 2018, with the option of a further year.

Alex Gilliead has impressed bosses this season | Photo: nufc.co.uk
Alex Gilliead has impressed bosses this season | Photo: nufc.co.uk

Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman were also called up for international duty for their triple-header of UEFA Elite Round matches with the England under-19 squad.

Armstrong, 19, is the second top goalscorer in League One this season with 19 goals for Coventry City. There had been talks of the youngster returning to St. James’ Park but with the arrival of Seydou Doumbia, Armstrong will remain at the Ricoh Arena for the current season.

Woodman, also 19, had a temporary loan at League Two side Crawley Town this season before being on the bench for Newcastle United in the Premier League following a goalkeeping shortage.

Adam Armstrong has caught the eye of Aidy Boothroyd | Photo: nufc.co.uk
Adam Armstrong has caught the eye of Aidy Boothroyd | Photo: nufc.co.uk

England Under-19s will fly out to Spain to face Georgia, Greece and Spain.