Head Coach Noel Blake selects his 18 men for Estonia
UEFA European U19 Championship
First Qualifying Round
Wednesday 26 September – Monday 1 October 2012
England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Ukraine
*** There have been six changes to the original squad, with first England call-ups for Kieran Fenton (Nottingham ForesT), Raheem Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) and Adebayor Azeez (Charlton Athletic). Adam Jackson, Ben Osborn and John Swift have also come into the squad to travel to Tallinn. ***
Noel Blake has named his 18-man squad for the First Qualifying Round of the UEFA European U19 Championship.
England will get their campaign underway against Estonia, the host nation, on 26 September, before facing Faroe Islands two days later and they will round things off against Ukraine on 1 October. The top two nations in the group, plus the best third-place team across the 12 groups, will make it through to the Elite Qualifying Round which will be staged next spring.
The Young Lions reached the Euro semi-finals last season where they were agonisingly beaten by Greece after extra-time, but the Head Coach knows they have a long way to go before they can contemplate another run to the latter stages.
Blake has called upon eight players who travelled to Hamburg earlier this month for a testing friendly against Germany.
Nine players will be hoping to earn their first U19 cap in Estonia and they will no doubt look to the experience of Nathaniel Chalobah and Eric Dier who have 20 appearances between them.
However, every member of the squad does has appeared for England at youth level before, be that at U16, U17 or U18 level.
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland), George Willis (Sheffield United)
Calum Chambers (Southampton), Jack O’Connell (Blackburn Rovers), Kieran Fenton** (Nottingham Forest), Sam Magri (Queens Park Rangers),^^^^, Brad Smith (Liverpool), Jack Stephens (Southampton),
Raheem Hanley*** (Blackburn Rovers), John Lundstram (Everton), Ben Osborn^ (Nottingham Forest,), John Swift* (Chelsea), Blair Turgott (West Ham United)
Adebayo Azeez^^ (Charlton Athletic), Chuba Akpom (Arsenal), Jack Barmby (Manchester United), Jordi Hiwula-Mayifuila (Manchester City), Hallam Hope (Everton).
* replaced Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic)
** replaced Tyler Blackett (Manchester United)
*** replaced Lewis Baker (Chelsea)
^ replaced Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford - on loan from Chelsea)
^^ replaced Daniel Potts (West Ham United)
^^^ replaced Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon)
^^^^ replaced Adam Jackson (Middlesbrough)