Thorne eyes Under-21 call-up

The 18-year-old is currently with England’s Under-19 squad ahead of

their game against Denmark but is hoping to make the step up after

tasting Premier League action from the bench against Arsenal on

Saturday. He also featured against Newcastle at the end of last

season. Thorne hopes his England Under-19 form will help him get

noticed. “In every England game we play, either Stuart Pearce, Sir

Trevor Brooking or Gareth Southgate is there, sometimes all three,

so there’s a big watch over this age group,” Thorne told the

Birmingham Mail. “There have been the likes of Alex

Oxlade-Chamberlain, Josh McEachran, Ross Barkley and Jack Butland

who have gone up (to the Under-21s) so that shows that there is a

trust and a belief in the players of our age that have been coming

through the ranks. “There is an opportunity there and if it comes

then you hope to take it.”