Astonishing Joe Willock England u21 decision raises questions about manager

Arsenal's English midfielder Joe Willock (R) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between Arsenal and Molde at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 5, 2020. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal's English midfielder Joe Willock (R) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group B football match between Arsenal and Molde at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 5, 2020. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Eddie Nketiah is back in the England u21 squad after breaking their goalscoring record, but Joe Willock misses out despite his strong form.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Eddie Nketiah of England celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 during the UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier match between England U21 and Turkey U21 at Molineux on October 13, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Eddie Nketiah of England celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 on October 13, 2020. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The FA announced their England u21 squad for the upcoming break on Friday. The u21s will face Andorra on Friday, 13th November (7:30pm) before hosting Albania on Tuesday, 17th November (7:25pm), with both games on BT Sport.

Fresh from breaking the all-time England u21 goalscoring record, Eddie Nketiah will return to the squad this month. However, Reiss Nelson misses out with the knee injury we exclusively revealed on Thursday.

Additionally, Joe Willock isn’t involved for the third international break in a row this season. He was previously a regular with the England youth teams, and he appeared in the u21s over both the October and November breaks last year.

But he seems to be out of favour with Aidy Boothroyd. Despite a Man of the Match performance against Molde FK on Thursday, he misses out again.

There’s a lot of competition in midfield, with the likes of Jude Bellingham, former Gunner Josh Dasilva, Ebere Eze and Curtis Jones all involved. Still, if Willock starts playing more regularly for Arsenal, he’d surely hope to find a way back in.

For now, Nketiah remains the sole draw for any Arsenal fans without an interest in England, Andorra, or Albania to tune in.