'I'm sure of that' - Manager reveals Celtic ace will be called up in future
By Danny Wright
England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has revealed that Celtic attacker Patrick Roberts will be called up to his Young Lions side in the future after he was omitted from his latest selection.
Roberts, 20, was not called up for international duty this week, much to the bemusement of Celtic fans, in which the England Under-21s side face Scotland.
Boothroyd’s side earned a 3-1 win against the Scots at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Friday night without the Hoops ace in their side, but the former Watford boss has admitted that it is highly likely that he will call him up for youth international duty in the future.
“I keep in contact with all the boys. We have a long squad of players that could play from the 1997 and ’96 groups,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“We’ve got some massive talent and Pat will be a big player for us in the future – I’m sure of that.”
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Roberts decided against playing for England Under-20s in the summer as they won the Under-20s World Cup in South Korea.
Instead, the explosive attacker, who is currently on loan from Manchester City, took the option to stay in Glasgow and help the Hoops win the Scottish Cup to complete their historic unbeaten treble in domestic competition.
Roberts returned to Parkhead in the summer on his second temporary stint from Man City and has so far been in good form, helping Celtic to wins against Anderlecht and Rangers.
He has made six appearances across all competitions, scoring one goal in the process, which came at Ibrox in the Old Firm clash last month.