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Cheltenham's under-21 internationals

History - 31 March 2021

Cheltenham's under 21 internationals

Goalkeeper Josh Griffiths is part of the England under-21s squad who play their final UEFA European Championships match against Croatia today.

The on-loan West Bromwich Albion stopper has been away with the Three Lions for ten days as they look to make it through to the next stage of the two part tournament.

He is the latest Robins player to be called up to represent England at under-21 level.

There have been numerous Cheltenham players over the years who have represented their country in that age group either before or after their time with the Robins.

Here we take a look at some of those who have earned under-21s caps for their nations...

Perhaps the most noteable player in recent Robins history is Jack Butland. Now at Crystal Palace, he turned out for England at under-21 standard 28 times. He spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Cheltenham from Birmingham City and has also achieved nine full caps for the men's senior side.

There must be a Cheltenham goalkeeping theme, as another former under-21s England cap who also played for the Robins is Alan Nicholls. He tragically lost his life in a motorbike accident alongside Matthew Lindsey, the brother of former Forest Green Rovers assistant manager Scott, while they were following Scott and his father in a car after a match in 1995. The Three Lions emblemn and 'England under-21 goalkeeper' are engraved on his headstone after he died at the age of just 22.

Staying with goalkeepers, Carl Muggleton, who represented the Robins during the 2001/02 campaign, made one appearance for the under-21s.

A loanee from the 2011/12 campaign, Luke Garbutt, made 11 appearances for the under-21s having come through the ranks at Everton. Another former Cheltenham left back to play for England at that age group too is Alan Wright. The ex-Aston Villa and League Cup winner earned two caps.

Fans favourite Steve Elliott (pictured) is another to play at that level for his country. The powerful defender picked up three caps for the under-21s when Peter Taylor was in charge of the set-up.



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