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Manchester United Youngster Set To Receive Shock England Call-Up

Blackett could be drafted into Roy Hodgson’s senior team.

Despite having only made it into the Manchester United first team this season young defender Tyler Blackett could be called up to the senior England squad by manager Roy Hodgson, reports the Telegraph.

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The 20-year-old has only ever played nine minutes of international football for the Under-21s as well, but due to a lack of options in central defence Hodgson is considering fast-tracking the youngster.

The 66-year-old is looking to rebuild his squad ahead of Euro 2016 after the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer and Blackett is an attractive option due to his ability to play as a left-sided centre-back.

Central defenders have their preferred side at the back and the current options of Gary Cahill, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all prefer the right.

The previous occupier of the spot, Phil Jagielka, has fallen out of favour with Hodgson and at 32-years-old the Everton captain is hardly a prospect for the future in any case.

Another option is Joleon Lescott, although despite his sturdy performance for West Bromwich Albion against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday he is also thought of as being past it.

Blackett himself hardly showered himself in glory at the weekend though, being caught out on several occasions during United’s 5-3 loss to Leicester City and eventually being sent off for bringing down Jamie Vardy in the box.

It seems that the days when the Three Lions had an abundance of talent in central defence – with Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Jamie Carragher and Ledley King all competing – are long gone.

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