England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has heaped praise on Tottenham starlet Ryan Sessegnon following the defender’s recall to the Three Lions squad.
Sessegnon has made 10 appearances for the Under-21s since his debut in 2018 despite the fact he is still just 19. His performances for Fulham before he joined Spurs earned him the label of a future regular for the senior side.
The teenager missed the U21 European Championships during the summer because of the hamstring injury that delayed his Tottenham debut. But Sessegnon is now fit again having been given a couple of substitute appearances for his new club, meaning he is in contention to play international football once again.
And Boothroyd, who could hand Sessegnon a first start for some time this week, has been talking up the youngster’s ability and maturity.
“The fact he is 19 and pushing hard to get into Under-21s starting team shows how much I think about him and how much we value for him in the system,” Boothroyd said (via the London Evening Standard).
“He had a tough year in the Premier League, playing in different positions under different managers. That makes a difference.”
If one thing has gone right for Spurs so far this season, it has been the performances of the summer signings. Despite all of them having to overcome injuries, Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and especially Tanguy Ndombele have all impressed when given the opportunity.
If he carries on improving, Sessegnon will be eyeing Danny Rose’s spot in the senior England squad in no time at all.