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Zat Knight gets U21 chance

last updated Monday 11th February 2002, 9:24 AM
Fulham mid-fielder Zat Knight
Fulham mid-fielder Zat Knight has been called up to David Platt's 17 man England U21 squad
Fulham mid-fielder Zat Knight has been called up to David Platt's 17 man England U21 squad.

The defender has been called-up for the first time for tomorrow's friendly against Slovenia.

Zat Knight says Fulham manager Jean Tigana deserves credit for helping him to break into the England Under-21 squad.

He said: "I did not think I would be representing England at this stage. Tigana has always said he thinks highly of me and he gave me a chance in the first-team last season. That was my break and I really praise him for giving me the opportunity." Tigana chose to rest Knight on Saturday with the England game on his mind

In addition David Platt has opted not to select Sean Davis, Luke Young and Jonathan Greening for this squad as they are already well proven at this level.

Fulham England U21 squad: Robinson (Leeds), Weaver (Manchester City), Barry (Aston Villa), Upson (Arsenal), Dunn (Blackburn), Knight (Fulham), Parker (Charlton), Wright (Liverpool), Prutton (Forest), Riggott (Derby), Konchesky (Charlton), Jenas (Newcastle), Etherington (Tottenham), Defoe (West Ham), Christie (Derby), Ameobi (Newcastle), Pennant (Arsenal).
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