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Rob Holding Called Up to the England U21s Squad

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Bolton Wanderers' young centre-back and player of the season, Rob Holding, has been called up to the England U21s squad for the 2016 Toulon tournament.

The 20-year old joins Gareth Southgates squad after Everton's Brendan Galloway pulled out through injury.

England's first group game of the tournament sees them face off against Portugal on May 19th, after that will be Guinea on May 23rd, followed by Paraguay on May 25th and ending with Japan on May 27th.

Hopefully we'll get the chance to see Holding pull on the three lion jersey in a couple of those games.

It's a thoroughly deserved call up for Holding and is the icing on the cake of his rapid rise through the ranks this season. The call up may well help Wanderers in the long run, too. A call up into the England set up theoretically increases Holding's value, and with Arsenal already launching a pathetically low £750k bid, and other Premier League clubs registering interest, Bolton may well be forced to sell this summer.

Holding is the first Bolton player to be in the U21s since Marvin Sordell and Fabrice Muamba.

We send our congratulations to Holding yet another achievement.