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Gareth Southgate eyes Levi Colwill for Euro Squad

Gareth Southgate eyes Levi Colwill for Euro Squad

England manager Gareth Southgate is monitoring the development of Chelsea starlet Levi Colwill at Brighton & Hove Albion, according to the Athletic.

The youngster had a slow start to his Brighton career after joining the club on a season-long loan move from Chelsea back in August, but things have picked up recently.

The 19-year-old has only made seven appearances for the Seagulls since joining but has become an integral part of Roberto de Zerbi’s side.

Colwill has started Brighton’s last five league matches, including Saturday’s memorable 3-0 win over Liverpool, and has barely put a foot wrong in any of those games.

The highly rated defender has put himself on Southgate’s radar, with the Englishman looking for fresh inductees into his Three Lions squad post-World Cup.

Southgate is seriously considering handing Colwill a call-up to represent England’s senior team for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine in March.

Colwill has represented England at under-16, U17, U19 and U21 levels and could soon make his senior debut if he continues performing well.

The youngster was not part of Southgate’s preliminary World Cup squad list, but as a left-sided centre-back, he offers an option in a position where England are limited.

Colwill also impressed during his loan spell with Huddersfield Town, helping the Championship side to the play-off final before falling short against Nottingham Forest.

The Southampton-born defender is reportedly still in Chelsea’s long-term plans despite the recent signing of Benoit Badiashile from AS Monaco as they look to rebuild the squad around young players.

Colwill is not the only impressive youngster on Southgate’s radar, with Manchester City’s Rico Lewis also on the verge of a call-up.

The 18-year-old has made 11 appearances for City’s senior side this season and was on the bench as Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten by rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Lewis has no experience on the international scene as he is yet to represent England at youth level, but that is not thought to be a barrier to his possible selection.

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