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Kaine Kesler-Hayden to represent Young Lions

Defender called up by England U20s

27 August 2021

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Swindon Town Defender Kaine Kesler-Hayden has been called up by England U20s for their upcoming game against Romania.

New Young Lions Boss Andy Edwards has announced his first squad for the game against Romania, which will take place at St. George's Park on Monday 6 September.

Having represented his country at U19 level, Kesler-Hayden could now make his U20s debut against Romania and he will be hoping to impress Edwards and new Assistant Coach, Jason Euell. 

The Young Lions haven't played an international match since October last year, and following the game against Romania, England U20s will take on Italy at St. George's Park on Thursday 7 October, before heading to the Czech Republic on Monday 11 October and to Portugal on Thursday 11 November.

On loan from Premier League outfit Aston Villa, Kesler-Hayden has impressed at SN1 so far, putting in a number of impressive performances for Ben Garner's team and flashing his huge potential.

This also isn't the first international call-up from The County Ground this week, either, after midfielder Jonny Williams was included in the Wales team for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. 

Kesler-Hayden will miss our Papa John's Trophy match against Arsenal U21s at SN1 on Tuesday 7 September, and we wish Kaine the very best of luck for his time away with England U20s. 

This is the England U20s squad in full:

Goalkeepers: James Trafford (Accrington Stanley, on loan from Manchester City), Brad Young (Leicester City), Harvey Davies (Liverpool).

Defenders: Lee Buchanan (Derby County), Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), James Hill (Fleetwood Town), Cody Drameh (Leeds United), Nathan Wood (Middlesbrough), Dennis Cirkin (Sunderland), Kaine Kesler-Hayden (Swindon Town, on loan from Aston Villa), Clinton Mola (VFB Stuttgart).

Midfielders: Miguel Azeez (Arsenal), Leighton Clarkson (Blackburn Rovers, on loan from Liverpool), Jensen Weir (Cambridge United, on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion), Faustino Anjorin (Chelsea), Lewis Bate (Leeds United), James McAtee (Manchester City).

Forwards: Jaden Philogene-Bidace (Aston Villa), Morgan Rovers (Bournemouth, on loan from Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Everton), Sam Greenwood (Leeds United), Joseph Gelhardt (Leeds United), Alex Mighten (Nottingham Forest). 

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