Noel Blake names his squad for U19 Euro Finals in Estonia
By Nicholas Veevers
UEFA European U19 Championship
3-15 July 2012
England U19s Head Coach Noel Blake has selected his squad for the trip east to Estonia and this summer's UEFA European U19 Championship Finals.
The Young Lions secured their place in the last eight of the competition following their success in the Elite Qualifying Round in May and now head to Tallinn for the Final stages in early July.
Blake has made five changes to the squad which came through the Elite Round, with two of those enforced following the unfortunate injuries picked up by strikers William Keane and Pat Bamford. They have been replaced by West Ham United ace Robert Hall and Everton's Hallam Hope, who is in the U19 squad for the first time following impressive performances under Blake for the U18s this season.
Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond is also back in the squad after making his U19 bow against Czech Republic in February, whilst Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady returns to the group after missing the Elite Round.
Everton left-back Luke Garbutt was named in the initial squad for the Elite Round but was withdrawn in order to play for Cheltenham Town in the League Two Play-Off Final and he is also restored for the Finals.
England have been drawn out in Group B in the Finals, alongside Croatia, Serbia and France. The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-final and there are also spots in the 2013 U20 World Cup up for grabs for the nations who finish third in their group.
The squad will meet up in England on Monday 25 June in order to prepare for the Finals before flying to Estonia the following weekend ahead of the opening game with Croatia on Tuesday 3 July.
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).
Defenders: Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jack Robinson (Liverpool), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Conor Coady (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), John Lundstram (Everton), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City), George Thorne (West Bromwich Albion).
Forwards: Benik Afobe (Arsenal), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Hall (West Ham United), Hallam Hope (Everton).