Premier League targeted Middlesbrough winger wanted for England duty

Adam Reach is being scouted by England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate as a potential inclusion into his squad for a European Championship’s play-off tie.

The 21-year-old winger has had an impressive start to the season, capped with his first goal this campaign equalising the League Cup tie with Liverpool on Tuesday.

The game at Anfield was his eight start of the season, having also featured three times from the bench, highlighting the importance of the youngster to Boro boss Aitor Karanka.

Playing the entire game, Reach netted the first equaliser against the Reds, heading past Simon Mignolet, before striking both his penalties past the goalkeeper in the memorable shoot-out finale.

His run of form at the start of the season has reportedly drawn interest from a number of Premier League clubs, with Manchester City and Hull City said to be looking at the Boro academy graduate.

And to cap his dream month, the Northern Echo is reporting that England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate is eyeing up Reach in preparation for an important European Under-21 Championship play-off with Croatia next month.

Reach is set to replace Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, with the almost ever-present Under-21 set to miss the play-off with a ten-week injury lay-off.

Former Boro boss Southgate has already been tracking the progress of Teeside defender Ben Gibson, who has made five appearances for the Under-21’s, and is a likely starter for Southgate’s men should they reach the finals tournament in the Czech Republic next summer.

Reach, despite being 22 at the time of the tournament, is eligible for selection having been 21-years-old at the start of the calendar year in which the two-year Euro’s campaign begins.

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