Aidy Boothroyd selects 23-man squad for Dutch tournament

Thursday 02 Oct 2014
Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed his squad
England U20s will take a 23-man squad to the Netherlands next week as they face three games in five days as part of a mini four-nations tournament.

Aidy Boothroyd’s side will face opposition from the Dutch, Germany and Turkey in Heerenveen, which will represent a big test for the Young Lions after their 6-0 win over Romania last month.

And many of the squad on duty for that encounter at AFC Telford are involved again for this trip.

England U20s hammered six past Romania last time out

There are also a few new names in the group, with Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith and Wolves defender Kortney Hause both receiving their first England call-ups.

The Young Lions will take on Germany on Thursday 9 October in their first game before facing Holland two days later.

Turkey will provide England’s final opposition on Monday 13 October, with the final rankings in the competition decided after that last match.

Boothroyd’s squad will meet up at St. George’s Park on Sunday to begin their preparations, before flying to the Netherlands on Monday.

The squad

Goalkeepers
Christy Pym (Exeter City), Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders
Dominic Ball (Tottenham Hotspur) Shay Facey (Manchester City), Kortney Hause (Gillingham, on loan Wolverhampton Wonderers), Lloyd Jones (Liverpool), Isaac Hayden (Arsenal), Matt Targett (Southampton), Fankaty Dabo (Chelsea)

Midfielders
Ben Pearson (Manchester United), Paul Digby (Barnsley), John Swift (Rotherham United, on loan from Chelsea), Harrison Reed (Southampton), Matty Grimes (Exeter City), Jordan Houghton (Chelsea), Josh Harrop (Manchester United), Callum Robinson (Aston Villa)

Forwards
Jordon Ibe (Derby County, on loan from Liverpool)*, Chris Long (Everton), Josh Murphy (Norwich City), Kwame Thomas (Derby County) Chuba Akpom (Arsenal).

* Withdrawn from squad.

By Nicholas Veevers