JAMES Trafford has been called into the England Under-21s squad for a Euro 2023 training camp.

The Manchester City loanee – who has been on loan for the last 18 months with Wanderers – made the breakthrough into the Young Lions squad a year ago.

He has since won four caps and is expected to be in Lee Carsley’s squad for the tournament in Romania and Georgia, which begins on June 21.

England will face Germany, the Czech Republic and Israel in their group, hoping to lift the trophy for the third time.

Full squad: Goalkeepers - Josh Griffiths (West Brom), Carl Rushworth (Lincoln), James Trafford (Wanderers on loan from Manchester City), Anthony Patterson (Sunderland). Defenders – Max Aarons (Norwich), Jared Braithwaite (PSV on loan from Everton), Levi Colwill (Brighton on loan from Chelsea), Charlie Cresswell (Millwall on loan from Leeds), Lewis Hall (Chelsea), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Burnley on loan from Manchester City), Djed Spence (Stade Rennais on loan from Spurs), Luke Thomas (Leicester).

Midfielders – Tommy Doyle (Sheffield United on loan from Manchester City), Harvey Elliott (Liverpool), James Garner (Everton), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), James McAtee (Sheffield United on loan from Manchester City), Jacob Ramset (Aston Villa), Oliver Skipp (Spurs).

Strikers – Morgan Gibbs-White (Nottingham Forest), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Noni Madueke (Chelsea), Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough on loan from Aston Villa), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United).

No goalkeeper in League One saved a greater percentage of the shots taken at their goal than James Trafford this season.

Trafford finished the campaign with a 78.9 per cent save percentage, according to data from Fotmob, beating Wycombe Wandereres’ Maksymilian Stryjek and Plymouth Argyle’s Michael Cooper (both 78 per cent) into second place.

Trafford improved on his previous season, where he had registered 67.1 per cent, which also factored in his 11 appearances at Accrington Stanley.

Joel Dixon, who also appeared for Wanderers in the first half of the 2021/22 campaign, had finished with 65.3 per cent.

With 22 clean sheets in the league, Trafford tied Ipswich Town’s Christian Walton for top place, and he also finished fourth overall in goals prevented (6.1), behind Stryjek (8.5), Cooper (7.6) and Connor Ripley (7.5).


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