Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White looks set to be fast-tracked to the England Under-21s for Euro 2019.
The 19-year-old was part of England’s Under-17s World Cup win and has continued his progress, to Keith Downing’s Under-19s group.
Gibbs-White has just returned from the squad that played three elite qualifiers for this summer Under-19s European Championships at St Georges Park, only for the Young Lions to miss out on reaching this summer’s finals in Armenia.
Now Under-21s coach Aidy Boothroyd wants him involved with the older age group for the UEFA Under-21s European Championships in Italy and San Marino this summer.
“He was really close (to an Under-21s call-up) and he was close enough that I went to Wolves and had dinner with Nuno and had a good chat with him and his coaches,” Boothroyd told PA Sport.
“Afterwards I had a chat with Morgan, just to see where he’s at, to explain where he is in my thinking, how much we think of him.
“It was felt for this trip he would be better with the Under-19s but straight after he comes right into the reckoning with us.”
Gibbs-White now looks set to be playing for England’s Under-21s, who play France, Romania and Croatia in Group C in June.
“Absolutely, if he keeps doing what he’s doing,” added Boothroyd.
Boothroyd has been hugely impressed with Gibbs-White’s positive approach and attitude towards improvement, and from watching him in his own surroundings at Wolves’ Compton training base, believes he is in the right place to continue his development.
“He’s got a big smile on his face, and he is going to learn plenty in that environment,” said Boothroyd.
“It’s a really good place for him right now. He’s not playing every single week but he is around players who are seventh in the Premier League.
“They are having a great season and when I went there I really liked what I saw.
“It’s a really good environment and you can see why they are doing well.”
Gibbs-White’s next appearance for Wolves will be his 50th in all competitions for the club, with 21 of them coming in the Premier League last season.