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Arsenal target William Carvalho a surprise selection for Portugal's under-21 squad

Arsenal and Manchester United linked midfielder William Carvalho is in line to face England.

William Carvalho has the perfect opportunity to try and convince Arsenal or Manchester United to step up their interest in him.

As reported by Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Carvalho has been picked in his country's under-21 squad for this summer's upcoming European Championships.

Portugal are drawn in England's group, along with Sweden and Italy, with the tournament kicking off later this week.

Carvalho has been prominently linked to the Premier League, with The Mirror reporting last month long-term admirers Arsenal had revived their interest in his signature.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has also been linked with Manchester United, and was quoted days ago by The Star confirming his desire to play in England.

Carvalho's presence in the Portugal under-21 squad is a small surprise, considering he impressed for their senior team at last summer's World Cup.

The defensive midfielder has 10 international caps, more appearances than he has made for the under-21s, who he played for six times.

He featured at the weekend in Portugal's squad which beat Armenia in Euro 2016 qualifying, and has since joined up with the under-21 side.

His selection is no slight on him, but instead evidence of Portugal's determination to take the tournament seriously and win the trophy. England had the chance to pick players like Raheem Sterling who is already a senior regular but opted against it - but do have prolific striker Harry Kane available who was a key part of their qualifying campaign.

The finals present a golden chance for Carvalho to put himself in the shop window, after a steady but unspectacular season with Sporting. He did not make the most of two Champions League games against Chelsea back in the autumn, and will be hoping to make a better case for himself this time around.

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