Head Coach Kenny Swain selects 18-man squad for Victory Shield opener with Wales
England U16s v Wales U16s
The Sky Sports Victory Shield
7.35pm, Friday 4 October 2013
Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster Harriers FC
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Kenny Swain has named his first England U16s squad of the new campaign as the Young Lions prepare for the 2013 Victory Shield.
This season England start with home advantage in the Shield, by hosting Wales at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough Stadium.
And Swain has selected an 18-man squad for the game as England aim to retain the Shield for a 13th successive year, with this game showcasing the latest batch of Young Lions to start on the international pathway.
The Shield remains an important competition for Swain and all of the England development team, with a large pool of players selected across the three games and given a chance to impress.
Head Coach Swain has overseen England to multiple Shield successes over the last few years and has handed international debuts to a number of players who have gone on to progress through the ranks, such as Danny Welbeck, Jack Butland, Jonjo Shelvey, Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling to name but a few.
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Goalkeepers: Connor King (Burnley), Ryan Sandford (Millwall).
Defenders: Danny Collinge (MK Dons), Benjamin Cull (Southampton), Ro-Shaun Oman Williams (Manchester United), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Ben Sheaf (West Ham United), Charlie Wakefield (Chelsea), James Yates (Everton).
Midfielders: Liam Bell (Newcastle United), Tom Davies (Everton), Darnell Johnson (Leicester City), Jacob Maddox (Chelsea), William Patching (Manchester City), Christopher Willock (Arsenal).
Forwards: Kaylen Hinds (Arsenal), Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion), Layton Ndukwu (Leicester City), Adam Phillips (Liverpool).
* Replaces Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa).