Leeds United goalkeeper Will Huffer has been forced to withdraw from the England Under-20s squad through injury, according to a reliable journalist.
LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Huffer, 19, will miss his chance to make his first appearance for the Under-20s after a devastating blow that will see him lose out on caps against Poland and Portugal.
— Beren Cross (@BerenCross) March 22, 2018
Huffer has never featured in the first-team at Elland Road but Paul Heckingbottom has had a bit of a goalkeeping crisis to handle ever since taking charge in West Yorkshire that could have seen the 19-year-old in contention to be promoted.
Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan have been widely criticised for their performances after signing in the summer, leading to Heckingbottom calling on Bailey Peacock-Farrell to play in recent fixtures.
Although the Whites academy product has done well, he has been unable to keep a clean sheet.
Football Insider verdict
Huffer must be gutted to miss out on his chance to play for the Under-20s during the international break. A game against Portugal would have been great experience for him and would have made him a better goalkeeper for Leeds, so it is their loss as well. It’s unclear how long Huffer will be out for but it now seems likely he will return to Elland Road. The 19-year-old should be under consideration for a spot in the senior squad if Leeds’ form continues to nosedive. There won’t be any real risk playing him and giving him a chance to prove he is better than the likes of Wiedwald and Lonergan, who should both really be sold in the summer.
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