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'England Under 21's Would Beat Scotland's Senior Side'

'England Under 21's Would Beat Scotland's Senior Side'

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes England's Under 21's would beat Scotland.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

England's Under 21's would be Scotland's senior squad in a game.

That's the view of former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who was reacting to the news that Southampton striker Che Adams has been called up by Scotland.

Former Birmingham man Adams played for England at Under 20 level but has pledged his international allegiance to the Tartan Army.

Born in England but eligible to play for Scotland through a maternal grandparent, Adams has been called up by Steve Clarke for World Cup qualifying fixtures against Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands this month.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He could well find himself leading the line for the Scots against England in this summer's European Championships.

But Jordan reckons the Adams news highlights the difference in quality on the pitch between the two nations - and made the controversial comment about England's Under 21 outfit being superior.

"It's good news for Scotland, yeah, but an opportunity for him to come to his senses will soon arrive, I suspect," he said on Tuesday's White and Jordan show on talkSPORT.

"What are you thinking? Do you really want to be part of that debacle of Scotland at the Euros?!

"He's thinking, 'where am I guaranteed to play because the quality is so low that I'll get in every time the squad is picked'?

"I'm not disrespectful about Scotland, I'm honest. I've said before that England Under-21s could beat Scotland's first team, and I don't climb down from that.

"Look at the quality of our U21s, I think that is genuinely true.

"Mason Greenwood is better than anything you've got in your first XI, better than anything in the Scotland team!"

Aidy Boothroyd recently named his England squad for the upcoming Under 21 Euros and while it's packed with quality, an eligible XI would genuinely be contenders for the senior European Championships in a few months.

The likes of Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bukayo Saka, Reece James, Phil Foden and Mason Mount are just some of the exciting young players who have been fast-tracked into Gareth Southgate's plans.

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Topics: Football, Mason Greenwood, England, Scotland