Cresswell too old for England – by 16 days
MAN of the moment Aaron Cresswell might have impressed the nation with his sizzling performance in front of the Sky cameras.
But the left-back’s starring role in the Blues’ 3-0 win over Coventry City will NOT be enough to earn him an England Under-21 call-up.
The England U-21 boss was among the crowd at Portman Road – but unfortunately Cresswell is too old to play for the age group by an agonising 16 days.
We can reveal that an impressed Pearce enquired about Cresswell during half-time on Monday night after the young defender’s starring role in Town’s best performance of the season.
But a spokesman for the FA yesterday confirmed the full-back was too old to be eligible for Pearce’s squad.
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“To be able to play for the Under-21s during the 2011 to 2013 season, which ends with the European Championships, you have to be born no earlier than January 1, 1990,” the spokesman explained.
But Cresswell’s performance, which saw him set up the Blues’ opener and clear off the line an amazing three times, has certainly put him on the radar of both the England set-up and the whole country.
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And the 21-year-old revealed that the origins of the vital victory came directly from the training ground.
He said: “All week, we have done 11 v 11 in training working on me and Carlos getting forward, and covering round when one goes forward and vice versa. That helped us massively against Coventry.
“I felt the formation did well for us. It allowed me and Carlos a lot more freedom to get forward and we got balls in the box and scored from them.”
And Cresswell had special praise for Grant Leadbitter after the skipper’s inspirational performance which came after some calls for him to be rested.
Cresswell said: “Grant, and Jimmy (Bullard), made us all play, getting on the ball, telling everyone where to go and what to do. I thought he (Grant) was fantastic for us.”