Sheffield Wednesday: George Hirst gets another England call
Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst has been called up for the England Under 19s for European Championship qualifiers.
The 19-year-old’s latest call comes despite having played just twice for the Owls’ U23 side this season due to on-going wrangling over a new deal.
Prior to returning to the fold with the U23s earlier this month, Hirst’s only competitive minutes this term had come for England U19.
He has now featured twice U23s, scoring once, but a first team call has been ruled out by boss Jos Luhukay due to his contractual situation.
Hirst has been in a stand-off with Wednesday since last year after failing to agree a new deal that would have made him the highest paid player in his age group in the history of the club.
Though he was allowed to resume training earlier this month, he still looks set to leave the club at the end of the season.
England U19 will face Hungary (March 21), Latvia (March 24) and Macedonia (March 27) with all games taking place in Macedonia. A place in the European U19 Championship in Finland this summer is up for grabs.
Hirst has won three caps at U19 level for England, netting three goals. He has also been capped at U20 level, with four goals in five appearances.
England U19 squad
Ellery Balcombe – Brentford
Jamie Cumming - Chelse
Trevoh Chalobah - Chelsea
Edward Francis - Manchester City
Reece James - Chelsea
Dujon Sterling - Chelsea
Japhet Tanganga - Tottenham Hotspur
Ben Wilmot - Stevenage
Flynn Downes - Luton Town (loan from Ipswich Town)
Elliot Embleton - Sunderland
Adam Lewis - Liverpool
Mason Mount - Vitesse Arnhem (loan from Chelsea)
Tristan Nydam – Ipswich Town
Joe Willock - Arsenal
Ben Brereton - Nottingham Forest
Phil Foden - Manchester City
George Hirst - Sheffield Wednesday
Reiss Nelson - Arsenal
Edward Nketiah - Arsenal
Jadon Sancho - Borussia Dortmund