Wick in the dark about U21s snub

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The 21-year-old is just start­ing to re­dis­cover last sea­son’s form, most re­cently in last week’s Europa League exit to Dy­namo Kiev.

But the Tof­fees boss is keen for the young­ster to have a good rest.

“What Ross brings is the big­ger the oc­ca­sion, the big­ger the per­for­mance and the big­ger the re­sponse,” said Martinez. CON­NOR WICK­HAM says he’s clue­less about his Eng­land Un­der-21 snub.

Sun­der­land’s £7mil­lion striker was a regular un­der for­mer boss Stu­art Pearce, but hasn’t had a look-in un­der Gareth South­gate.

Wick­ham again misses out for the friendly dou­ble­header against the Czech Repub­lic in Prague on Fri­day, and Ger­many at Mid­dles­brough’s River­side on Mon­day as the Young Li­ons build up to this sum­mer’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The 21-year-old hasn’t even been put on standby, de­spite three of the four strik­ers named in the squad pulling out through in­jury, with South­gate in­stead call­ing up Cauley Woodrow from Ful­ham as cover. It’s now al­most two years since his last Eng­land ap­pear­ance, and Wick­ham said: “I don’t un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion. I’ve not spo­ken to any­one in the Eng­land set-up.”

Wick­ham scored in the 6-0 rout of Scot­land U21s in Au­gust 2013.

He with­drew from South­gate’s first squad later that sea­son, and hasn’t fig­ured since – but he in­sisted: “I’ll never say no to my coun­try.”

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