CHERRIES duo Lloyd Kelly and Aaron Ramsdale have been called into the England under-21 squad for fixtures against Slovenia and Austria.

Former Sheffield United star Ramsdale, handed his Premier League debut by Eddie Howe this season, took the number one jersey for the Young Lions in last month’s victories over Turkey and Kosovo.

Full-back Kelly, signed by the Dorset club for £13million in May, has been recalled after recovering from ankle ligament damage.

He featured for Aidy Boothroyd’s side during their European finals campaign in Italy and San Marino in the summer.

England are set to visit Slovenia in a friendly on Friday, October 11, before a European qualifier against Austria at Stadium MK on Tuesday, October 15.

Boothroyd’s side are currently top of qualifying Group Three with maximum points.

The manager told the FA Website: “After two good results in difficult and high-pressure games last month, we’ve kept the squad pretty consistent as they performed well.

“We have a few players back from injury in Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Lloyd Kelly and we’re looking forward to getting back together again and we are building a strong core of players early on in the campaign.

“The squad also has more playing minutes at club level than they might normally do at this stage of the season, which is great for us ahead of these matches.

“It will be a tough game in Slovenia, we are expecting a low block that will be a good test for our players against a different type of opponent. As they’re one of the hosts of the next Euros, it’s a great chance for us to experience playing there, as we work hard to qualify for the tournament.

“Austria sit on top of the qualifying group alongside us and they’re a good, well-organised team and an emerging nation, so hopefully it will be an entertaining and competitive game for our supporters watching in Milton Keynes.

"The group is shaping up to have three or four teams pushing to qualify so we have to do everything properly and professionally and be at our best each game, but it will also be invaluable to the players’ development.”