Reading will have two representatives at this summer’s Toulon Tournament, with Danny Loader being selected for England’s Under 20 squad following Michael Olise’s inclusion in the French team yesterday.
It will be the first time that Loader will represent the Under 20s, having so far earned a total of 39 caps for the Under 16s, Under 17s, Under 18s and Under 19s, scoring 14 goals. In 2017, he was part of the Under 17 side that won the World Cup in India, netting twice in the group stages against Iraq.
The 18-year-old striker will be hoping for more success in France this summer, as England have won the tournament in the previous three years, with John Swift part of the victorious Young Lions team in 2016. This time around, Loader is in good company in Paul Simpson’s squad, which also includes Premier League regular Dwight McNeil, Championship play-off finalist and Reading-born Jayden Bogle and former Royals loanee Josh Sims. The full squad can be found here. England will play Chile, Japan and Portugal in the group stages, before progressing either to the semi-finals or a classification match.
The tournament will give Loader the chance to impress in front of a host of watching scouts, so expect the rumours about his future to continue should he bag a couple of goals. Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus are among the teams currently reportedly interested in signing him this summer.