England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd has hailed Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke and has insisted that the 20-year-old is ready for a call up to the senior England squad.
Aidy Boothroyd has hailed Dominic Solanke and insists the Liverpool striker is ready to step up if Gareth Southgate calls.
Solanke's goal after 16 minutes put England in charge of a difficult Euro 2019 qualifier in Ukraine and set them on the way to a 2-0 win that means they have taken 13 points from a possible 15 to sit top of Group 4.
Southgate called Boothroyd after the game in Kiev for an update on the performances of Solanke, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray - whose cross led to England's second goal - and it is highly likely they will be elevated for the friendly against Brazil on Tuesday. More conversations will take place on Saturday.
Dominic Solanke is being monitored by Gareth Southgate ahead of a potential call up
The 20-year-old striker broke the deadlock in England's 2-0 win over Ukraine in Kiev
Boothroyd was delighted with the way his team played but was quick to highlight the contribution of Solanke, saying: 'I thought Dom was excellent. He is not getting as many minutes (for Liverpool) as he or we would like at the moment.
'But for us he is always a player who looks like scoring. He showed what he is all about. He caused them a lot of problems. He only came off because he was running out of steam.'
The Under 21s do not play now until hosting Ukraine next March but Boothroyd was relieved to see his team grind out a victory in what was their most demanding trip. They are now long odds-on to win Group 4, which will secure a trip to Italy and San Marino in 2019.
'I thought it was a difficult game, our hardest in the group so far - It was really tough, right from start,' said Boothroyd. 'We had to be very wary.
England Under 21 manager Aidy Boothroyd insists that Solanke is ready for a senior call up
'Our goals came at good times, especially the Second when Ukraine put us under a lot of pressure. 'We have learnt lessons, the last game in Andorra proves there no easy
games at any level of international football.
'Ukraine showed they were unbeaten for a reason But I thought we had a little bit more quality and bit more luck. This win has given us a bit of breathing space.'Read more at dailymail.co.uk