Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood pulls out of England Under-21 Euros squad

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Mason Greenwood has been ruled out through injury
Mason Greenwood has been ruled out through injury / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has been forced to withdraw from England's squad for the Under-21 European Championship because of injury, and will be replaced by Norwich City's Todd Cantwell.

Greenwood scored and played a full 90 minutes in United's most recent outing, a 3-1 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Leicester City.

Greenwood's goal was not enough to prevent United crashing out of the FA Cup / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

However, per a statement from United, he will not be able to feature for his country after picking up an unspecified injury. The club have not put a timescale on his return to fitness so it in unknown whether he will miss any Premier League games when the international break ends.

The news is a real blow for Aidy Boothroyd's side as Greenwood would have been nailed on to feature prominently in their upcoming fixtures.

His absence opens the door for Cantwell, who has impressed for Norwich this season. The midfielder has managed five goals and four assists in 25 Championship games, helping the Canaries emerge as strong title favourites with eight matches left to play.

He also did well in the Premier League last term, chipping in with six goals as Norwich were eventually relegated. Despite this, he is not the most experienced at international level, only earning three England Under-21 caps so far.

The Young Lions kick off their European Championship group stage campaign against Switzerland on Thursday, before facing tougher tests against Portugal and Croatia. If they manage to qualify from their group they will progress to the knockout stages of the competition which will take place between 31 May and 6 June.

In Greenwood's absence, Boothroyd will need big performances from the likes of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal starlet Emile Smith-Rowe, the latter of whom has shone brightly after breaking into Mikel Arteta's side.

Supporters will be hoping for an improvement on England's dismal showing in the 2019 edition, which culminated in crashing out at the group stage.