Everton youngster Tom Davies and Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold will not play for England in this summer’s UEFA Under 19 championships.
The pair have been regulars at that level for their country, but the competition held in Georgia at the start of July would prevent the duo enjoying a summer break ahead of pre-season training.
Both are a key part of their managers' plans now and even more so at the start of next season. Davies has already made the breakthrough at Goodison Park and Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold – a versatile player who can play both defence and attack - will be a first team regular sooner rather than later.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed talks with the Football Association and Davies won’t take part in the junior event.
It is possible he will move up a level as the Under 21s championships is held in Poland in June so would not prevent plenty of recovery time.
Asked if Davies would be omitted, Koeman said: “Yes (he needs rest). He will not be playing in that tournament in the summer. Steve Walsh spoke to the people from the FA.
“Normally, in the future, he will be the Under-21s or even the (senior) national team.”
Koeman, meanwhile, has no issues with the verbal altercation between Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Williams during the latter stages of Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in midweek.
Williams was visibly demanding more from the striker, who did not appreciate being given orders.
But Koeman said he felt his side had been ‘too nice’ at times this season and such display of passion – within reason – are healthy.
“What I like to see is passion and they need to understand and support each other,” said Koeman.
“I saw a reaction because I think we are too nice together and you have to talk – and maybe sometimes you have to shout. But I don’t have a problem because it’s an emotional thing. The two boys have spoken to each other because you need to win the game and afterwards be friends, but not on the pitch.”