Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has a chance of earning a call-up to England tomorrow.
This is according to the Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorset. Speaking ahead of Gareth Southgate’s squad announcement on Thursday, Dorsett claimed the Liverpool midfielder could be in line for a surprise inclusion.
“There are names that haven’t been there that could and would be really interesting to see. Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott is the most obvious. Southgate aren’t blessed with massive resources in the middle of pitch. The form he’s in, the versatility he offers in that he can play wide or through the middle. His ability to score goals makes him a real option,” he said.
“A lot of midfield options in England tend to be defensive. You also look at Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice and even Henderson, they’re all inherently defensive midfielders. Harvey Elliott is the opposite, he’s a attacking midfielder, so I think he has a chance.
Dorsett, however, suggested that Southgate may also have an alternative plan for Elliott.
“He’s with the U21s at the moment,” said the journalist. “Southgate may well be leaving him there with the idea of calling him if there are any injuries in this weekend’s run.”
Elliott is still settling into first-team life
We have certainly seen players called up to have done less than Elliott this season at Liverpool.
Despite this, it would still seem too early to bring him into the senior configuration. He may have started Liverpool’s last seven games, but he’s only played 29 times for the club in total.
That’s complemented by a full year on loan at Blackburn Rovers, so it’s not like Elliott is completely green.
But still, his development at Liverpool is an ongoing process. We’ve seen in recent weeks that the 19-year-old has come to terms with being a full-fledged senior player at the highest level. It’s not an instant thing.
His performances have been good, but he can still do a lot more. At this point, Elliott might benefit more from being given time away from the glare of the national spotlight.
Either way, with a World Cup less than two months away, it seems unlikely that Southgate will now choose to start bleeding youngsters anyway.
The England manager is notoriously cautious with his team selections. As Dorsett points out, he prefers to choose a group of more defensive midfielders.
Following that, Elliott could miss. Of course, it would be a brilliant moment for the teenager if he were to be rewarded with a full call. But for now, we won’t hold our breath. And maybe that’s for the best.
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