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Special visit for Tbilisi kids

Young Lions squad welcome war-affected Georgian youngsters to training in Tbilisi

Tuesday 11 Jul 2017

The Young Lions helped bring some fresh summer cheer to a group of youngsters at their training base in Georgia.

In co-operation with the British Embassy in Tbilisi, the England U19s squad welcomed six children, aged nine to 16, into their camp last weekend as they prepared to face Germany in their final group game at the Euro Finals.

England v Czech Republic
  • UEFA European U19 Championship Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • 5pm, Wednesday 12 July 2017
  • Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi
  • Live on Eurosport

All were children of soldiers who were killed in action and have since been supported by the British Embassy through various activities.

This includes free English language courses at the British Corner, a language centre in Tbilisi which aims to ‘create global understanding through English’.

The group were presented with gifts before settling down to watch Keith Downing’s squad be put through their paces at FC Zestafoni’s training ground in Tbilisi Sea City.

There was even time for a kick-around with U19s stars such as Fulham’s Tayo Edun and Arsenal’s Josh DaSilva, before the group were invited as special guests to Sunday's game with Germany, which the Young Lions won by 4-1 to seal a place in Wednesday's semi-final when they will play Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, Young Lions defender Trevoh Chalobah has left the camp in Tbilisi and returned to Chelsea for treatment after suffering an injury in the early stages of the Germany match. There are no plans to replace Chalobah ahead of Wednesday's game.

By Andy Walker Senior Communications Manager in Tbilisi, Georgia