Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford could still go away with the England Under-21s to Poland this summer despite his inclusion in Gareth Southgate's latest senior squad.
Rashford has been selected by Three Lions boss Southgate, rather than his under-21 counterpart Aidy Boothroyd, for games with Germany and Lithuania next week due to a striker shortage in the senior ranks.
Southgate's ideal scenario would have been to have Rashford in the junior age group and there is still a possibility that the forward joins James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, also senior call-ups this time around, at this summer's Under-21 European Championship.
That may incur the wrath of Rashford's club boss Jose Mourinho, who is concerned about fatigue for a player who has already accumulated 40 appearances this term and was a part of England's Euro 2016 squad.
"My idea would have been that Marcus was with the under-21s this time around," Southgate said.
"Clearly we've lost Harry (Kane), we've lost Daniel Sturridge as number nines. With the qualifying game especially, we need that sort of cover.
"Then we've got to see how much football he plays between now and the end of the season really."
There was a more definitive answer on the summer plans for Southampton pair Ward-Prowse and Redmond, both uncapped at the senior level.
"Even though they'll definitely be with the under-21s in the summer, we feel to hold them back just because of that wouldn't be the right thing," Southgate added.
"We think it's a good message for that under-21 squad that there is a pathway for them. We think there's one or two others that can come on that route."
The under-21s squad for the double header against Germany and Denmark includes Liverpool's Joe Gomez after 18 months out injured.
The 19-year-old defender had been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury in the Young Lions' Euro 2017 3-0 qualifying win over Kazakhstan in October 2015.
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