James Garner recently moved to Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan from Manchester United. Next week, he will link up with the England under-21s for their European Championship qualifiers against Romania and Kosovo.
It’s the first time the midfielder has earned recognition for the under-21 outfit. Lee Carsley is the new man in charge of the England young guns, with Ashley Cole in place as his assistant.
International football is back on the map after England’s exploits during the summer. For Garner, he will hope to now prove himself as a future member of Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The 20-year-old proved a real find for Forest last season. He joined the ranks in January after seeing a loan with Watford terminated. Garner was a revelation in the Garibaldi, scoring four goals in 20 appearances for the Reds.
It proved a real shame that Forest had to wait so long to get him back. The Reds have lost all four of their Championship games so far and another season of struggle looks on the cards.
Tomorrow, Chris Hughton takes his team to Derby County. Garner scored for the Reds in last season’s game at Pride Park as Forest claimed a 1-1 draw.
Forest will hope that Garner can give Forest a lift tomorrow. The performance levels haven’t been there so far this season and Hughton needs a big showing from his players.
Garner set for stardom and Forest should benefit
It seems a big coup for Forest to get Garner on loan again. The Reds are in need of quality and the United loan star provides a massive shot in the arm to the squad.
The challenge now is for the youngster to give his teammates a lift. They need to look at Garner and how he handles himself and be ready to lift Forest away from the foot of the table.
Although Garner is a stylish and elegant midfielder, he can’t do it all on his own. The England under-21 call will make the United man feel 10 feet tall but others must take a look at themselves.
Forest fans will hope Garner can cap a great weekend with three points at Pride Park.