England names Ibe, Chambers to U-21 squad to face USA U-23s in friendly
Rising Premier League stars Jordon Ibe, James Wilson, Eric Dier and Calum Chambers headline England's Under-21 men's national team that will take on the U.S. Under-23 national team in a friendly on September 3 in England.
The U.S. will be using the match as preparation for Olympic qualifying, which commences October 1. The Americans were drawn with Canada, Panama and Cuba in their qualifying group. The U.S. will also play against Qatar in England on Sept. 8. Both friendlies will be rematches of contests during this past June's Toulon Tournament in France. The U.S. beat England 2-1 and Qatar 1-0 en route to a third-place finish.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and John Stones are not part of England's team despite being age-eligible. They're expected to be part of Roy Hodgson's senior squad for European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland during the same international fixture window, according to The Guardian.
Here's the side that will face the USA:
GOALKEEPERS: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Preston North End), Christian Walton (Bury)
DEFENDERS: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough), Matt Targett (Southampton)
MIDFIELDERS: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
FORWARDS: Chuba Akpom (Hull City), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), James Wilson (Manchester United), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)