England U21s Call Up the Wrong Manchester United Youngster in Gaffe

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 7, 2014


England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate was left fuming when an administrative error saw the wrong Manchester United youngster called up to his squad.

Michael Keane, a highly rated young centre-half, was selected for the squad to face Wales in midweek.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20:  Michael Keane of Manchester United heads the ball over Thomas Broich of the All-Stars during the match between the A-League All-Stars and Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on July 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt
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However, he was pulled from the squad just an hour before kick-off, and it has subsequently emerged that his twin brother, William, had been brought into the squad instead by error.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  William Keane of Manchester United on the ball during the FA Youth Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 20, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Image
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William is also on the books at Old Trafford. He is currently on loan at Queens Park Rangers. Michael joined Blackburn Rovers on loan this week.

In quotes reported by the Metro, Southgate said:

We had an admin error so Michael wasn’t registered. I don’t know exactly why yet, it’s not one I’ve seen before.

I feel really bad for the lad as he’s a key part of what we’re doing.

Remarkably, it's not even the first gaffe of this kind in recent weeks. In February, Russia boss Fabio Capello was left red-faced after a player called Andrey Semenov was called up—and a different player of the same name was picked.