England under-21 boss Lee Carsley has said he was pleased to be able to get Nottingham Forest standout Djed Spence on the pitch last night.

The young Three Lions beat Albania 3-0 and Spence managed to get on the pitch with 34 minutes remaining and he did quite well.

Forest have proved the ideal club for Spence’s development and he’s been a revelation during 2021/22.

Albania U21 v England U21 - UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
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He has several Premier League clubs chasing his signature. Arsenal, Tottenham and Leeds are thought to be potential destinations for Spence next season.

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His form has even prompted Bayern Munich to come and take a look at the defender. Dortmund and Leverkusen are also providing further Bundesliga interest.

Carsley was happy that he could call upon Spence. After sticking him on in place of Valentino Livramento, he claimed he was pleased to hand him some minutes.

In quotes transcribed by Nottinghamshire Live, he said: “It was really good to get the three of four debuts.

“It’s great seeing Keane (Lewis-Potter) play, Djed Spence as well, they deserve it because it’s always difficult at the end of these camps with the players who haven’t got on at all.

“I said to them at the start of the week, congratulations on even being in the squad because it’s tough and it’s a good squad.”

Earlier in the season, Ian Wright raved about Spence. He called him ‘unbelievable’ after he helped the Reds knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

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The Reds defender is fantastic. His performances this season have been unbelievable and he thoroughly deserves a move to the Premier League.

Even if Forest win promotion to the top-flight, it’s hard to imagine the club plunging the £20 million that Middlesbrough want for him on a full-back.

England U21 v Andorra U21 - UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier
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As a result, the club’s fan base will have to enjoy Spence whilst they can. He is destined for the top and he looks set to win a quality contract with a really big club next season.

Forest can count themselves lucky to have had Spence for a season and his progress will be intriguing from a supporters’ perspective.

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