England boss Gareth Southgate has been quizzed on Nottingham Forest youngster Morgan Gibbs-White. The 22-year-old is on the national team’s radar but has been called into the under-21 squad this time.
Gibbs-White signed for Forest during the summer. He was the club’s number one target from the moment promotion was won and Steve Cooper ultimately got his man.
The Reds star was in action on Friday night as they lost their nine-match unbeaten run at the City Ground when Newcastle beat them. Gibbs-White played the full 90 minutes and looked lively.
The player is set for a bright future. Cooper knows all about him from his time managing him for the England under-17 squad and clearly knows how to get the best out of him.
Forest have had a player called up for the England squad this season. Dean Henderson was handed a call-up back in October when Jordan Pickford was out injured.
Southgate is a huge fan too and he said: “We like Morgan, we think he’s progressing well. He’s been a player that Coops had at Under-17s so he has always shown great belief in him.
“He had a spell where the opportunity was more difficult. He had a loan at Swansea, got called back and couldn’t get in Wolves’ team so he missed a little period of development.
“He’s having a good season at Forest. We think it’s a little bit early for him with us but we’re watching him closely.”
Southgate quizzed on Gibbs-White
It would be amazing to see Gibbs-White play for England at some point during his career. The Reds star will almost certainly get the nod during his career and he just needs to keep starring.
Gibbs-White has mesmerised the Forest faithful at times. He is a creative spark and during their recent slump, his teammates simply haven’t got him on the ball often enough.
Southgate is renowned for giving younger players the chance to shine. As a result, Gibbs-White must be hopeful of one day pulling on the famous white strip for the Three Lions.