Doncaster Rovers: Josef Bursik to make England U21 debut

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Doncaster Rovers loanee Josef Bursik will make his England U21 debut on Tuesday evening, manager Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed.

The goalkeeper - on loan from Stoke City - has been part of the last three U21 squads and will win his first cap in the clash with Albania at Molineux.

Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale has been Boothroyd’s first choice for the number one slot and has been informed he will continue to be so.

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But Boothroyd feels it is wise to rest Ramsdale, who is enduring a tough time at club level with United bottom of the Premier League.

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He said: “Joe is going to start he game but I spoke to Aaron at length and let me be clear he is on our No 1, on and off the pitch. He is a brilliant guy to have around.

“He has had a bit of a tough time at the minute but I’m sure him and his club will turn the corner.”

Bursik is highly-rated at club and international level, but is not as experienced as Ramsdale, who the Blades paid Bournemouth £18.5million for this summer.

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His first U21 cap will come in the European Championship qualifier against Albania with England having already secured qualification for the tournament in Hungary and Slovenia.

Bursik has made 11 appearances for Rovers since joining on loan in the summer.

Meanwhile Danny Amos is set to make his final appearance for Northern Ireland U21s against Ukraine on Tuesday.

Liam Ravenhill could make his debut in the game. Northern Ireland are unable to qualify for the tournament.


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