Noel Blake selects seven Liverpool players for Elite Qualifying Round.
UEFA European U19 Championship
Elite Qualifying Round Group 2
In Switzerland, from 31 May-5 June 2011
ENGLAND, Switzerland, Montenegro, Spain
Seven Liverpool players have been called up by Noel Blake
for England’s final round of qualifiers for the UEFA European U19 Championship.
The Young Lions will fly to Switzerland at the end of the month where they will face Montenegro, Spain and the host nation in Qualifying Group 2, with the top-placed nation qualifying for the European Finals in the summer.
A large contingent of Liverpool youngsters have caught the England Head Coach’s eye in recent weeks, among them full-back John Flanagan who has enjoyed a number of outings in the Reds’ first-team and can now enjoy his first-ever international call-up. Another England player who has been on the cusp of the Anfield first-team is midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and he will bring some experience to Blake’s squad. Conor Coady, Andre Wisdom, Jack Robinson, Michael Ngoo and Tom Ince complete the Liverpool connection.
Coady and Wisdom helped the U17s to European glory last season
and five more of that squad have been charged with the task of helping the U19s qualify for Romania 2011 – Jack Butland, Sam Johnstone, Josh McEachran, Tom Thorpe and Connor Wickham.
England get their Elite Qualifying Round campaign underway against Montenegro on Tuesday 31 May.
Two years ago, the U19s finished runners-up to Ukraine, while last season they reached the last four, where they lost to Spain. Their last game saw them slip to a 3-0 friendly defeat in Holland.Squad in full - Click here to see full player stats, or on each player’s name to view their own individual profileGOALKEEPERSJack Butland
(Birmingham City), Sam Johnstone
(Manchester United)DEFENDERSJohn Flanagan
(Liverpool), James Hurst
(West Bromwich Albion), Jack Robinson
(Liverpool), George Taft
(Leicester City), Tom Thorpe
(Manchester United)***, Andre Wisdom
(Southampton), Conor Coady
(Liverpool), Gary Gardner
(Aston Villa)^, Harry Kane
(Tottenham Hotspur), Josh McEachran
(Chelsea), Jordan Obita
(Reading), Jonjo Shelvey
(Liverpool), Michael Ngoo
(Liverpool), Connor Wickham
* Included in Under-21 squad, so replaced by Benik Afobe
(Arsenal, loan to Huddersfield Town). He will join the squad in Switzerland after the League One Play-Off Final.^^
** Withdrawn injured and replaced by Luke Williams
*** Withdrawn injured and replaced by Jamaal Lascelles
^ Withdrawn injured and replaced by George Thorne
(West Bromwich Albion).
^^ Benik Afobe injured in Play-Offs, so is replaced by Saido Berahino
(West Bromwich Albion).