According to The Telegraph, England have voiced concern about Dominic Solanke’s future as the young striker continues to be out of favour at Liverpool.
Solanke, 20, continues to fight for game time after making only five starts last season, scoring in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Brighton.
The forward’s struggle continues with Klopp not featuring Solanke in any of his 18-man squads so far this season.
Aidy Boothroyd, England under-21s manager, fears the lack of faith and opportunities for Solanke could hinder his progress as a player and in the international scene.
Despite the lack of football, Solanke continues to be rated highly by the Football Association and received a moral boosting call to train with Gareth Southgate’s senior squad on Tuesday.
Southgate himself suggested last week that England could lose “exceptional players” who continue to lose the battle at their clubs for regular competitive football.
With the under-21s facing Holland on Thursday, Boothroyd spoke out about the hot debate on homegrown talent and their limited club chances.
“I’m really pleased with Dom [Solanke] but I’m also a little bit worried about him because he is not getting the minutes and not getting the games
“I am happy on the pitch picking the best players,” he added. “but for the good of England and for the good of British football it would be nicer if we had more players playing, certainly better for us and for them.”
“Our players have proved they can do it at international level but not as many of them as there should be are getting the opportunity to do that in the Premier League,” Boothroyd added.
Solanke has company in English talent who fail to get on the pitch in England’s top flight. Phil Foden, the inventive playmaker has been awarded glimpses of first team football for Manchester City but has only featured for Guardiola as a substitute this season. Ex-teammate Jadon Sancho, who left City for Borussia Dortmund and despite displaying touches of brilliance in Germany the young winger has also only appeared as a substitute this season and both youngsters have been left out of Boothroyd’s squad.
The ex-Watford boss has revealed however, that Leicester defender Ben Chilwell, who has impressed massively for the Foxes already this season, stands a great chance to be the next young starlet to break into the senior squad.
Chilwell, 21, was the source of bids from Arsenal and Liverpool before even kicking a ball at senior level for Leicester.
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But with excellent early season form Boothroyd believes the young left-back could be on the brink of breaking through. Boothroyd said: “Gareth watched Ben at Leicester vs Liverpool and is very much aware of him. If he keeps doing what he is doing, then I think he will break through.”
England’s Young Lions will play Holland knowing a win will be a significant step towards qualification for Euro 2019 with Boothroyd’s side already five points ahead of the Dutch 21s.
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