Alan Shearer gives verdict on Mason Greenwood

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Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that Manchester United teenage sensation Mason Greenwood deserves to be called up to the England squad.

The 18-year-old has been impressive this season and has also already established himself as a key member of the United team in his breakthrough season.

His brace in our 5-2 win over Bournemouth at the weekend took his tally to 15 goals in all competitions this season.

Former Newcastle United striker Shearer believes Greenwood is obviously ready for the England senior team.

“I love what I am seeing from Mason Greenwood,” Shearer told The Sun.

“The Manchester United forward is showing what a natural finisher he is — and let’s not forget he is still only 18.

“He can hit it with his left and hit it with his right equally well and there’s no nonsense, he just wants to shoot.

“He actually reminds me of what I used to do, shifting the ball on to the right foot before getting as much power as possible behind the shot.

“If he keeps going at this rate, he could emerge as a world star in the coming years.

“In January, I tipped Greenwood as a wildcard for the Euros when they were due to take place this summer. And now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is ready to play for England.

“The postponement of Euro 2020 for a year could actually be a blessing for Greenwood and I’m sure Gareth Southgate will be watching closely.

“I would not be surprised if he gets a call-up later this year.

“Greenwood hasn’t been out on loan like a lot of young players — but why should he?

“He’s ripping it up at one of the biggest clubs in the world and that doesn’t happen to an average Joe at 18.”