Trott ruled out of England Under-20 duty
Nathan Trott, the West Ham United goalkeeper, has been ruled out of the England Under-20 national team’s defence of their title at the Maurice Ravello Toulon Tournament, which starts tomorrow in France.
The Bermudian was one of two goalkeepers named in Paul Simpson’s 21-man squad which arrived in France earlier this week.
However, he suffered what is believed to have been a recurring groin injury and has since returned to the UK and replaced by Huddersfield Town’s Ryan Schofield.
Trott is among a few changes Simpson has made to his initial squad as midfielders Jamie Shackleton, of Leeds United, and Brentford’s Josh Dasilva have joined the group.
The England Under-20s are gunning for their fourth successive title and eighth overall and have been pitted in group A along with Portugal, Chile and Japan.
Simpson’s squad will begin their title defence against Japan in Aubagne tomorrow before facing Portugal in Salon-de-Provence on June 4 and Chile in Fos-sur-Mer on June 7 during the group stage.
The winner of the group will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on June 12, with the final taking place in Salon-de-Provence on June 15. Play-off matches will also be held to determine placings.
The prestigious Maurice Ravello Toulon Tournament is an annual competition for national teams with players aged 21 and under.
Trott made his debut for the England Under-20s against Holland in August 2017 and has been capped six times overall at that level and was also a member of the England squad that won the 2017 European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.
He made 12 appearances last season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, and also featured in the East London club’s first-team squad on three occasions. He signed an initial 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016 which has since been extended twice until 2022.
The 20-year-old continues to make regular appearances for the club’s under-23 team while working with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad and looks set to be loaned out next season, according to reports in the English media.
Trott put another feather in his cap after earning the Premier League 2 Save of the Season Award for the second time in three years.
He received the honour for his superb save in a 2-1 win away to Liverpool last September playing for West Ham’s Premier League 2 side.