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‘WHY I SNUBBED ROBERTS,’ ENGLAND UNDER-21 BOSS

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PADDY ROBERTS was snubbed by England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd in favour of New York City starlet Jack Harrison.

The on-loan Manchester City winger helped Celtic to an outstanding 3-0 Champions League victory over Anderlecht in Brussels last week.

And the fans’ favourite was a consistent performer after the tun of the year as Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops completed a clean sweep of domestic silverware.

Roberts opted to miss a call-up for England for the Under-20s World Cup in South Korea in May in favour of playing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final when there was a clash of dates.

The tricky touchline ace was a shock omission from his nation’s Under-21 squad, ahead of tonight’s Euro 2019 showdown with Scot Gemmill’s Scotland side in Middlesbrough.

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And Boothroyd revealed he decided to choose virtually-unknown Harrison instead of Roberts.

He admitted: “Patrick Roberts is a very good player who has done well and impressed for Celtic in the Champions League last week.

“But I just looked at Pat and I looked at Jack and thought Jack had probably had a few more games than Patrick has had, who’s in a better place and he deserves a call-up.

“It will be good to have a look at him and he deserves to be picked.”

Catch up with this CQN Podcast from last month when we interviewed Celtic star from the Centenary season, full back Chris Morris. It’s a great listen…

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