Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott were included in the England under-21 squad for the upcoming friendly matches, which was an invaluable achievement for the former.
While Elliott remains the only Liverpool player to have participated in every game this season, Jones has played just 12 matches totaling 324 minutes.
The No. 17 has been struggling with injuries and has recently been part of a rotating bench alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabio Carvalho.
Jones has made just two starts this season, and despite having no playing time, he was called up to Lee Carsley’s 26-man squad for the upcoming international break.
The Young Lions will face France (March 25) and Croatia (March 28) in preparation for this summer’s European Under-21 Championship, in which Elliott and Jones hope to participate.
Although Jones is now 22 years old, since he was born on January 1, 2000 or later, he is still eligible to participate in the upcoming tournament.
During international breaks, fans often want their senior players to get as much respite as possible, but for Jones it’s the opposite.
Just 55 minutes played in 2023, five games off the bench, and two England friendlies could be an invaluable chance for Jones to get minutes in his legs before the last 12 games of the season.
Now that Stefan Bajcetic is out of action for the rest of the season, and there are never too many injuries in midfield, Jones could use a springboard to finish the campaign confidently.
However, Jones and Elliott are competing in the England Under-21 midfield: Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa), Angel Gomez (Lille) and Oliver Skipp (Tottenham) are among the options for Carsley.