Nottingham Forest star Morgan Gibbs-White has been named in the England squad for the Under-21 European Championship that gets underway next week. It’s widely expected that the 23-year-old will captain the Three Lions at the tournament in Georgia and Romania.
Gibbs-White enjoyed a fine campaign at the City Ground after signing from Wolves last summer. He was added to the ranks for a club-record transfer fee and finished the season with five goals and eight assists.
Whilst the talented forward can look ahead to the tournament, there is a disappointment for one Forest promotion hero. Djed Spence hasn’t made the cut after struggling to shake off a knee injury in time.
England will hope to go deep in the tournament which starts next week. They have a pretty favourable group, being pitched alongside the Czech Republic, Israel and Germany in the group stages.
Forest star Gibbs-White will take part in an under-21 tournament for the final time. He won’t be eligible for selection from the start of next season and hopefully, the Forest man can taste some silverware.
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The Forest man has made 10 appearances for the Young Lions. Now, as the captain, he will hope to lead Lee Carsley’s men to glory before the 2023/24 campaign gets started.
Forest star Gibbs-White named in England under-21 squad
The versatile forward will be looking forward to the tournament. It takes place in Georgia and Romania, with England among the fancied teams to lift the trophy at the end of it.
Forest will be hoping to see Gibbs-White come through the competition unscathed. The fact that it runs close to the start of pre-season isn’t ideal and he will have some catching up to do.
The Forest man is an athlete, however, and at 23 he should be capable of returning in good shape. Steve Cooper knows that he will need to build a team around him again next season and he will be so important.
The 43-year-old is a huge Gibbs-White fan. He called him ‘brilliant’ back in January and he’s already the club’s most important player on the pitch.
It’s a shame not to see Spence in there too but he will continue his recovery from his knee problem. For Gibbs-White, the preparation starts now and Forest will be rooting for him to do well.