Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon withdrew from England U21 squad to impress Antonio Conte

Ryan Sessegnon has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad through injury. Last week the international squad was announced and the under-21 squad remained largely the same as in March, although Sessegnon and Emile Smith Rowe were added to the 24-man squad ahead of games against the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Albania and Slovenia.

The 22-year-old has had a number of injury struggles with various hamstring problems during his time at Tottenham, including last season. However, once fit he adapted well to Antonio Conte’s system and was the first choice at left-back in the closing stages of the season, helping Spurs finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League to qualify. understands that the youngster was taken out of the squad as a precaution after a busy schedule in which he was involved as the club’s only fit left-back at the end of last season. The 22-year-old is believed to be focused on a big pre-season under Conte and the decision is said to have been made by both Tottenham and England in a cautious approach to a youngster trying to get over his hamstring problems of recent years .

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Sessegnon made 22 appearances in all competitions for Spurs last season, producing two Premier League assists and showing the quality he can bring down the left flank when fit. Sergio Reguilon’s injury late in the season meant the 22-year-old had to be promoted and be Conte’s only real option at left-back.

Although previous injuries caused some inconsistent performances for the England international, he ended the season in fine form. As a precaution, he is therefore withdrawing from the England U21 squad understands can only be an advantage for the youngster before a big season in his career.

Sessegnon received praise from Conte, who sees great potential in the full-back. “Sess has all the potential to become an important player, in my opinion,” admitted the Italian. “First of all, he’s young and has many years ahead of him. He’s physically strong and fast, has a good motor, resilience.”

Continuing to work with the 52-year-old will likely only aid his development and help him reach his full potential at Tottenham. Ivan Perisic will receive medical treatment at Hotspur Way today (Monday) and it could be crucial for Sessegnon to have someone like the Croatian to watch out for and learn from.

The 33-year-old would offer the Spurs boss another option at left-back and could help the 22-year-old rise with his experience and winning mentality. Assuming and hoping that Sessegnon is doing well and his injury is nothing serious, it could be an advantage for him with a few big months ahead of the start of the 2022/23 season.

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