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17-year-old Manchester United whizkid has just been handed first senior international call-up

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Manchester United have just had a 17-year-old talent from the academy handed a senior call-up for his country.

Manchester United have a rich history of producing incredible young players for the first team who then go on to become senior internationals for their country.

David Beckham is just one from the club’s rich history of doing so, with Marcus Rashford a more recent example.

But now the latest United player from the famous Carrington academy has been called up to represent his nation at a senior level.

17-year-old James Scanlon is the player who has been handed a call-up for Gibraltar’s senior side… Here’s what we know.

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James Scanlon handed Gibraltar call-up

One of the biggest moments in a player’s career has to be their first-ever senior call-up to their national team.

This is an experience that 17-year-old Scanlon has just experienced.


The Carrington academy-born U18 attacking midfielder has had a decent campaign for United and was clearly impressed to earn this call-up.

It’s an incredible experience for the young lad, and he now faces the prospect of two crucial UEFA Nations League games against Lithuania.

James Scanlon 2023/24 stats for Manchester United

Yet to make an impression in the senior side for United or even the U21 side regularly, Scanlon’s call-up is remarkable as he is practically a U18 player.

This season he has played nine U18 PL games for United, scoring four goals in the process.

He has also made two Youth Cup appearances, four PL 2 appearances with an assist, one EFL trophy appearance, and six UEFA Youth League appearances.

He may not be a player that United are already looking at with the first team in mind, but his call-up shows he absolutely has a promising future in the game and it could be the experience he needs to rise above his peers.

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