Why Joe Gomez isn't playing for England U21s

Joe Gomez has decided against featuring for the England Under-21s this summer in order to focus on getting his body right for next season. 

It would’ve been understandable to see Joe Gomez jump at the chance to play for England’s Under-21s this summer, given it was on international duty that he sustained the first of a horror run of injuries that kept him out of football for over a year.

Back in 2015, Gomez had shown a lot of promise in early fixtures under Brendan Rodgers, filling in successfully as a left back but a knock suffered in mid-October turned out to be far more serious and the defender was ruled out for the foreseeable future with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear.

Gomez made his first England Under-21s appearance since that qualifier in March against Denmark and there was always a chance that the young defender would be called upon by Aidy Boothroyd for this summer’s Euro 2017 tournament in Poland.

The ECHO reports that Liverpool were more than happy for Joe Gomez to represent his country but that Gomez had a long conversation with Boothroyd about his situation, opting to spend the summer “continuing his long-term rehabilitation.”

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Having just turned 20, Gomez has already missed a vast amount of football and last season was limited to just a handful of FA Cup appearances for the first team after sustaining an Achilles problem early in the season.

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The likes of Brighton and Huddersfield are understood to have been interested in taking the player on loan this season but Jürgen Klopp has every intention of allowing Gomez the full pre-season to stake his claim for a first-team place.

England seemingly coped okay defensively in their game of the tournament, playing out a 0-0 draw against reigning holders Sweden on Saturday evening.

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