Aidy Boothroyd has explained why New York’s Jack Harrison got an England Under 21 call-up ahead of Patrick Roberts.
The young Three Lions manager named a squad two weeks ago for their double-header against Scotland and Andorra.
At the time, there was a bit of talk around Celtic winger Roberts not being included in the squad.
He’s been playing regularly for the Hoops domestically and in Europe since returning to Glasgow on a loan from Manchester City.
But Boothroyd has told how it was New York City’s Harrison who was preferred in the squad.
Speaking after England’s 3-1 win over Scotland last night, Boothroyd, per dailyrecord.co.uk, said: “I keep in contact with all the boys. We have a long squad of players that could play from the 1997 and ’96 groups.
“We’ve got some massive talent and Pat will be a big player for us in the future – I’m sure of that.
“I just felt that Jack Harrison had warranted a place in the squad for the simple reason he had more assists and had been scoring more goals and is in better form.
“Pat is doing well at Celtic and played really well in the Champions League but I felt Jack had more game time.”
Harrison does have more goals and assists than Roberts this season, but his MLS campaign started back in March.
He’s got 10 goals and three assists in 32 games for Patrick Vieira’s team, but has been playing against teams like New England Revolution, Sporting KC and Houston Dynamo.
Roberts, on the other hand, has been playing in an unbeaten team domestically and in the Champions League – scoring in Celtic’s 3-0 win away at Anderlecht.
But, in Boothroyd’s view, Harrison’s form in the MLS is more deserving of a spot.
What’s your view? Is that harsh on Roberts?