mkdons.com takes a look at some of players to watch when England Under-21s arrive at stadiummk to take on Finland tonight
Club: Stoke City (on loan at Barnsley FC)
England Under-21 caps: 16
Butland, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, became England’s youngest Senior ‘keeper when he played against Italy last August.
A product of the Birmingham City Academy, Butland is regarded as the country’s brightest young keeper and his recent club form saw him earn a £3.3million move to Stoke City this past summer.
Butland is currently on loan at Championship side Barnsley FC.
Position: Right back
England Under-21 caps: 2
Jenkinson, born to an English father and a Finnish mother, has represented both England and Finland at youth level before being called up to England’s senior side by Roy Hodgson in November 2012.
The talented right-back began his club career with Charlton Athletic before signing for Arsenal in June 2011 for a reported £1million.
Jenkinson has made 11 appearances for Arsenal so far this season, two of which came in the UEFA Champions League.
Position: Left back
England Under-21 caps: 2
Shaw finally made his England Under-21 debut in September, having been forced to pull out of three previous squads due to injury.
The exciting attacking full-back is the latest in a long line of players to have developed through the Southampton’s fabled Academy, following in the footsteps of former Saints Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain.
Shaw has featured nine times for Southampton in the Premier League this season.
Position: Centre midfield
Club: Derby County
England Under-21 caps: 4
Hughes, one of the most sought-after young midfielders in England, became the second-youngest player to receive an Under-21 cap when he made his debut against Northern Ireland last year.
The bright playmaker was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month in November 2012, which led to a number of rumours linking him with a move away from Derby County.
Hughes, though, still remains at Pride Park and has scored 4 goals in 18 appearances for the Rams already this campaign.
Position: Attacking midfield
Club: West Ham United
England Under-21 caps: 2
Despite reportedly considering representing Jamaica, Morrison has been capped by England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 level.
A Manchester United trainee, Morrison made three appearances for United before signing for West Ham United for £650,000 in January 2012.
Morrison already has five Premier League goals to his name this season, including a Goal of the Year contender against Tottenham Hotspur last month.
England Under-21 caps: 10
Ince, son of former England captain and MK Dons manager Paul, is currently one of England Under-21s’ most capped players with 10 appearances to his name.
A pacy and direct player, Ince spent most of professional career at Blackpool despite graduating from the Liverpool academy.
Tom, who has recently attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle United and Cardiff City, has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Blackpool this season.
Club: Manchester United
England Under-21 caps: 12
Zaha made his senior debut for England in November 2012 when he replaced fellow debutant Raheem Sterling in a friendly against Sweden at Wembley.
The highly-rated winger signed for Premier League champions Manchester United in January of this year after helping Crystal Palace to promotion from the Championship.
Zaha has made two appearances for United this season while also featuring for the England senior in their friendly win over Scotland in August.
England Under-21 caps: 6
Sterling, 18, is one of few young players to have been called up to the England senior side before making their Under-21s debut.
The exciting forward, who has one senior cap to his name, burst onto the Premier League scene last season with Liverpool, making 37 appearances for the Reds and scoring two goals.
Sterling has started this season well too, featuring nine times for a Liverpool who currently occupy second place in the Premier League table.
Club: West Bromwich Albion
England Under-21 caps: 3
A pacy striker, Berahino already has two goals to his name for England Under-21s and is currently the side’s second top goalscorer.
With West Bromwich Albion since he was a boy, Berahino enjoyed loan spells at Northampton Town, Brentford and Peterborough before breaking into the first team this season.
Berahino was thrust into the media spotlight this season, when he scored Albion’s winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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