It is a case of country before (loan) club for Adam Armstrong next weekend.
The 18-year-old Newcastle United striker, who has scored five times in his opening four matches for Coventry City, has been called up by England Under 19 manager Aidy Boothroyd for their games against Croatia and Germany.
Boothroyd and his squad meet up next week before flying out to face Germany on Friday 4 September, then it is onto Zagreb where Croatia will play England at the Sveti Josip Radnik Stadion on Monday 7 September.
Adam Armstrong will play for Coventry against Southend on Monday (31 August) but then will miss the trip to Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, which kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday 6 September, when the Newcastle loan striker will still be in Croatia.
Armstrong’s Newcastle teammate Freddie Woodman also travels with the England Under 19s but doesn’t miss any league action for Crawley Town.
They were due to play Notts County away next weekend but that has been cancelled due to Woodman and other players’ international call-ups.
Crawley Town are home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday and Freddie Woodman will be hoping to make it three in a row, after the Newcastle loan keeper kept clean sheets in his last pair of League Two matches.
The fact that Burton’s match against Coventry is live on Sky Sports next Sunday, will I’m sure have played no part in the decision for that game to still go ahead…
Another Newcastle youngster, Mackenzie Heaney, was selected for his first appearance for the England Under 17s this week. The striker/attacking midfielder featuring in a 3-0 win over Italy, hitting the woodwork and also denied by a defender on the line, as he came close to scoring on his debut.
Later today (Friday) the Under 17s face Turkey in their latest match, before playing Portugal on Sunday. These friendlies are warm up games in advance of European Championship qualifiers in September, when the Newcastle striker/midfielder will hope to be involved in his first competitive matches for his country.