England U18s squad named to face Italy and Israel next month

Wednesday 24 Aug 2016
Neil Dewsnip

England Under-18s will kick-off their new season with a mini-tournament against Italy and Israel in the north-west next month. 

The Young Lions will face matches on the Fylde Coast against the Azzurrini at Fleetwood Town and Israel at Morecambe’s Globe Arena.

And head coach Neil Dewsnip has named his squad for the games as the U18s begin what promises to be an exciting programme of fixtures this term.

International U18s Tournament

England v Italy
7pm, Thursday 1 September 2016
Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood  


England v Israel

7pm, Monday 5 September 2016
Globe Arena, Morecambe

The 19-man squad contains a number of the players who were part of the U17s squad for the Euro Finals in Azerbaijan in May, where Steve Cooper’s team lost to Spain in the quarter final.

But there are also three new faces in Dewsnip’s squad who will be hoping to get their first taste of international football, after catching the eye with their clubs.

Brentford goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe will be aiming to provide competition to Jared Thompson and Ryan Sandford, whilst central defenders Ahogrenashinme Kigbu and Jonathan Dinzeyi of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively will link up with an England squad for the first time.

There is also a return to action for Wolves striker Niall Ennis, who missed out on the second half of last season and a trip to the Euros due to an unfortunate injury after previously scoring the winner for the U17s’ in a win against Germany in Rotherham last November.

Dewsnip’s group also includes two players who have already featured in the first-team with their respective clubs, with Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell and West Brom winger Jonathan Leko both named in the squad.

The Young Lions face Italy in Fleetwood on Thursday 1 September (7pm) before playing Israel on Monday 5 September (7pm).

Tickets for both games are on sale now, costing £3 for adults and £2 for concessions against Italy and £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions against Israel. Full details can be found below.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Ryan Sandford (Millwall), Jared Thompson (Chelsea)

Defenders: Tolaji Bola (Arsenal), Jaden Brown (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonathan Dinzeyi (Tottenham Hotspur), Morgan Feeney (Everton), Ahogrenashinme Kigbu (Manchester City), Jordan Williams (Huddersfield Town)

Midfielders: Dennis Adeniran (Fulham), Sadou Diallo (Manchester City), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town), Marcus McGuane (Arsenal),  Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Forwards: Niall Ennis (Wolverhampton Wanderers), George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday), Jonathan Leko (West Bromwich Albion), Ben Morris (Ipswich Town), Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)


England v Italy, Thursday 1 September (7pm), Fleetwood Town FC
Admission details: £3 for adults and £2 Concessions ( U16s, OAPS and students )
Group bookings for 15 people or more (no age restrictions and bookable in advance only): 50p
Italy v Israel, Saturday 3 September (7pm), behind closed doors at Stockport County FC

England v Israel, Monday 5 September (7pm), Morecambe FC
Admission details: £3 for adults and £2 for U18s, OAPS and students
Group bookings for 15 people or more (no age restrictions and bookable in advance only): 50p
Charter standard clubs: Up to 25 complimentary tickets on proof of membership with any additional uptake at the group rate.



By Nicholas Veevers