Noel Blake's squad to meet for three days of training.
UEFA European U19 Championships
18-30 July 2010
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By Nicholas Veevers
England U19s get their preparations for next month's European U19 Championship Finals underway later this week, as the players are to converge for a three day training camp in the Midlands.
Noel Blake’s squad head out to northern France for the Finals, where they face Austria in their first game on 18 July, so the training will be primarily fitness based given the players are just about to start the pre-season programmes with their clubs.
Taking place at Warwick University, Blake has invited 20 players along for the meet-up which takes place between Wednesday and Friday before the players disperse at the weekend.
A squad of 18 players for the Finals will then be handed to UEFA next week, ahead of the squad meet-up on Monday 12 July, when the group will reconvene at Warwick University for more training before heading across the Channel on 15 July.
With the Finals taking place in Normandy, England will be based in Caen and face further games with the Netherlands and France after their opener with Austria.
England qualified for the Finals for the third successive year in May, when the Young Lions finished top of their Elite Qualifying Round group in Ukraine after beating Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the hosts and current European U19 Champions Ukraine.
The squad contains four players who were part of last year’s U19 squad which reached the Final of the European Championship, including striker Nathan Delfouneso who came home with the Golden Boot following his four goals in the competition.England U19s training camp squad:
Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace), Thomas Cruise (Arsenal), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Jacob Mellis (Chelsea), Lee Nicholls (Wigan Athletic), Ryan Noble (Sunderland), Frank Nouble (West Ham United), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Phillips (Wycombe Wanderers), James Severn (Derby County), Josh Thompson (Celtic), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).