Former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale who saw Ethan Ampadu as a potential England midfielder recommended him to the National team but after thorough observation, they told him he took too few touches.

MK dons manager also added that he phoned high esteemed men in the quest for registering Ampadu to the squad:

“I phoned England, very relevant people, to say you have to get hold of this chap,”

In response, they replied that they already have 12 players better than the 17-year-old and they are aware of Ampadu.

He also concluded that they were looking for a player that can make plenty of touches but ignored the magic Ethan does with one or two touches on the pitch,

Ampadu is not a player that holds the ball for too long quite alright but it is part of his skills to distribute the balls in relevant places.

“You have to have faith in the player and it was something we did at Exeter. I had faith in my ability to spot his talent, but I also had extreme faith in Ethan.”

Ampadu joined Ryan Giggs’s Wales last week and he took more authority in the midfield, created chances from impossible angles including an assist in the 4:1 victory against the Republic of Ireland.

Though England have a host of players but just a few names in the defensive midfield position of which Ethan would have been part of the young talent ingratiated in Southgate’s Three Lions.

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