Rolando Aarons has been called up for the England Under 20 squad.
Despite not being fit enough yet to start a game for Newcastle since his recent return from injury, the Newcastle winger will travel to the Toulon tournament next week.
Aarons managed 25 minutes as a substitute against QPR last weekend and it remains to be seen whether he is deemed fit enough to start against West Ham, with Newcastle desperate for some inspiration in a match that could decide whether United stay in the Premier League.
The 19 year old hadn’t featured for seven months in the Newcastle team after an injury plagued season.
Ironically, Rolando Aarons’ injury troubles began when he made his international debut, scoring in a 6-0 win over Romania but returning to Newcastle with a hamstring injury back in September.
England have a busy schedule at the Toulon tournament and play Morocco (28th May), Ivory Coast (30th May), Mexico (3rd June) and China (5th June).
I’m sure there will be more than a few of you worrying about this ending in tears.
A young player who been out almost all season, just getting his fitness back and the goes away with his country for a busy four match schedule in the space of eight days.
When you are asked if you are fit to play for England are you really going to say no?
If Rolando Aarons isn’t fit enough to start for Newcastle v West Ham, you surely have to question whether he should be then heading straight off on international duty.
(Interesting to see that 7 of the 20 players in this England Under 20 squad are drafted in from Championship clubs. Though hard to say whether that means there is more talent in the lower leagues than people imagine, or that the young English players aren’t good enough to feature for Premier League clubs ahead of foreign imports?)