Nottingham Forest star Morgan Gibbs-White had an eventful evening as the England under-21s reached the final of the European Championships. The 23-year-old forward missed an early penalty for the Young Lions but scored the game’s opening goal just before half-time.
After the game, the Forest star took to Instagram to speak of his pride at reaching the final. He received some praise from Reds transfer target Ryan Sessegnon, Manchester City star Phil Foden and Forest player Brennan Johnson.
This might be the tournament when England’s youngsters get it right. Lee Carsley’s team were far better than Israel and the 3-0 defeat flattered them somewhat by the time a dominant performance from England had been ended by the referee.
Gibbs-White must not prepare for one final game with the under-21 outfit. They will face Spain on Saturday evening after they demolished Ukraine 5-1 in the second semi-final later last night.
Forest signed Gibbs-White last summer as the club’s club-record signing. He cost the club an initial £25 million but that fee could actually rise to around £40 million. In his current form, it looks like money well spent even at that price.
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Forest star Gibbs-White receives praise on Instagram
Foden and Gibbs-White go way back. The pair played in the same team, managed by Steve Cooper, in 2017 when the England under-17 team went to India and came back with the World Cup.
The duo have become good friends ever since; with Gibbs-White the godfather to Foden’s son.
Forest are seriously lucky to have the player in their ranks. He was brilliant last season and finished the campaign with five goals and eight assists from his 40 appearances in all competitions.
After last night’s game, Foden wrote on Instagram to Gibbs-White and he simply put the words, “What a player.”
Johnson called him a “big player”, whilst Sessegnon simply put two flame emojis in reply to the Forest man’s post.
Many Forest fans were disgruntled when Gibbs-White wasn’t called into the senior squad for games against North Macedonia and Malta last month.
The decision to send him with the under-21s for one final tournament instead now looks like an inspired one by England.