Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts has made the slightly controversial move of opting to remain at his loan club, Celtic, rather than go to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea with England.
The 20-year-old has already won the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup with Celtic this season, but can help them to a treble when the Hoops face Aberdeen in Scottish Cup Final later this month.
Roberts has been involved in a club vs. country tussle as he is a key part of England’s under-20 set-up, but the club has won, with Celtic releasing a statement to confirm the winger’s decision.
Roberts, who is due to return to his parent club this summer and could feature on the pre-season tour of the United States, said:
“I have enjoyed my time with Celtic immensely and from day one at the Club it has felt like home. It is a special place and it has been a privilege to be part of the success we have enjoyed.
“We have had a brilliant season so far and in such a special year for the Club I want to be part of everything here. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and now I will focus on continuing to do all I can for Celtic.
“I spoke to the gaffer and this is just something I really wanted to do.
“I have a great relationship with everyone around the England squad and I wish all the other lads and the management and backroom team the very best for the World Cup in South Korea.”