Celtic prospect is a surprise omission from England U19 tournament squad

By Lewis Laird

June 17, 2022

Celtic youngster Tobi Oluwayemi has missed out on a call-up to the England squad for the under-19 European Championships this summer.

The 19-year-old is highly regarded within the England set-up and has featured thirteen times for his nation through the youth levels.

This summer, the under-19s Euros takes place in Slovakia, and Oluwayemi was expected to be called up to the Three Lions squad.

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However, it was revealed earlier today that the Celtic goalkeeper would not be part of the 21-man squad heading to the tournament.

Instead, Matthew Cox (Brentford), Harvey Davis (Liverpool) and Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Chelsea) will be going in his place.

The young shot-stopper was expected to be selected once again for his nation after featuring in the squads right the way through qualifying for the tournament.

Oluwayemi mainly featured on the bench for his nation. However, he made one appearance during the qualifiers, keeping a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over Andorra.

Undoubtedly, it will come as a slight frustration to the goalkeeper after being denied the opportunity to jet off to an international tournament this summer.

However, it might not be the worst thing to happen for him when it comes to attempting to impress Ange Postecoglou and his coaching staff in pre-season this summer.

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A chance to impress during the early stages of pre-season for Oluwayemi

The young goalkeeper had a very productive 2021/22 season, playing regularly for the Celtic B side and training amongst the Hoops first-team.

Coming into the 2022/23 campaign, many Celtic fans were intrigued to see the role that Oluwayemi might have to play after being praised by Ange Postecoglou on several occasions.

It seems unlikely that next season he will spend much time in the matchday squads for Celtic, should Benjamin Siegrist’s arrival go through as expected.

However, there is still a chance for the goalkeeper to impress the Celtic manager during the early stages of pre-season.

With the players expected to return within the next few weeks, Oluwayemi will be in Scotland, rather than away with his nation, and working alongside Joe Hart, Scott Bain and potentially Siegrist.

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There is also a chance that the goalkeeper will feature during the first few pre-season fixtures, providing Celtic fans and Postecoglou with the opportunity to see how he fares within a first-team game.

His future may either be with the B team again or out on loan next campaign. But, the beginning of this summer could have a significant impact on how early we see him feature for the first team competitively.

I am sure the frustration of missing out on the England squad will also provide the youngster with some added motivation.

In other news, Barry Bannan’s brilliant Celtic verdict after facing Bhoys last summer.