Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke will captain England’s U21s against Ukraine on Tuesday night if he is named in Aidy Boothroyd’s starting XI.
The 20-year-old was not risked for Saturday’s friendly win over Romania in Wolverhampton because of a knock but he trained at Bramall Lane on Monday, along with goalkeepers Angus Gunn (back) and Freddie Woodman (hip), who were also missing at the weekend.
Demarai Gray wore the armband in Solanke’s absence and though Boothroyd spoke of the Leicester winger delivering a “captain’s performance” against the Romanians, Solanke is expected to be the Young Lions’ skipper in Sheffield.
He has only started three Premier League games for a Liverpool side that has revolved around the attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, but Boothroyd thinks the ex-Chelsea forward has a bright future.
Asked whether Solanke, who has one senior England cap already, would be his skipper on Tuesday, Boothroyd replied: “If he’s starting, yes.
“He was due to start in the game [against Romania] but we wanted to look after him. He’s got every chance of starting and being captain.
“He’s a terrific player and hopefully he can get more game time at his club.
“He’s got his work cut out there with those three (Salah, Firmino and Mane) but we think he’s a massive talent, as do his club.
“Hopefully we can give him a good opportunity to show what he’s all about at Bramall Lane.”