Remember the other day when Harry Kane got called into the England U-21's and all the other good young players at big clubs didn't? Turns out it was because pretty much all of them are turning out for the Senior team. Funny how that worked out, huh? Joining the likes of Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, and Jack Wilshere in the England squad are two different Tottenham Hotspur academy graduates: Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason. Roy Hodgson's team will take on Ireland in a friendly in Dublin on June 7, before traveling to Slovenia for a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier on June 14.
So, congratualtions to Andros and Mason for earning a call-up. I'm not really sure what Townsend has done lately, other than being English, to deserve a call-up, but let's not let that spoil the moment. Mason, meanwhile, has been a consistent presence in midfield for Spurs. We can argue the merits of his place at Spurs some other day, but he's probably played well enough and often enough to deserve his place in the squad.
Charlie Austin, Tom Heaton, and Jamie Vardy have all been handed the opportunity to make the England debuts. Austin and Vardy are in the squad in lieu of Kane, because obviously it takes to men two replace the sheer power and brilliance of the Hurricane. I won't pretend I'm pleased that Kane is in the U-21 squad and players like Barkley, Jones, Wilshere, and Sterling aren't, but I guess we'll all have to live with that.