Was there a very good reason Leeds' Alex Mowatt did not feature for England under-20s?

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt did not feature for England's under-20 side.

Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt was an unused substitute as England's under-20 side beat Mexico on penalties.

Mowatt has been outstanding this season for Leeds, scoring eight goals in the Championship this season.

England drew the game 1-1 with Arsenal's Chuba Akpom scoring from the penalty spot, while Aston Villa's Calum Robinson hit the winner in the shoot out.

Mowatt's omission was mixed news for Leeds fans, who would have liked to see their star man rewarded for his performances by donning the Three Lions.

Yet the positive is after 31 games this season, he is at least afforded a little rest.

And that could be the core reason he was left out, at a possible request from head coach Neil Redfearn.

Back in November, Leeds boss Redfearn managed to get Mowatt withdrawn from international duty, quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post at the time: "I also spoke with Aidy Boothroyd about Alex and said that it would be fine for him to be around the squad for a few days, but then I want him resting."

On this occasion Redfearn has relented a little, telling the YEP this week he wanted England to protect Mowatt and Lewis Cook, who is with the under-19s, but said he was not looking to obstruct either player.

His protective stance could still however have played a part in under-20 coach Aidy Bothroyd's selection, coupled with the number of games at such a high level Mowatt has played this year, and to assume he was left out on an assessment of his talent alone, may not quite take in the whole picture.

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