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England U18s head to China for the Panda Cup this month with a 19-man squad named

Thursday 10 May 2018
The U18s celebrate during their victory over Argentina in Manchester in March

England U18s will head east next week as they take part in the Panda Cup Tournament in China.

The Young Lions will play three games against Uruguay, China and Hungary at the Shuangliu Sports Stadium in Chengdu, situated in the province of Sichuan.

The Panda Cup
  • China, England, Hungary, Uruguay
  • 23 - 27 May 2018
  • Shuangli Sports Stadium, Chengdu, China

And head coach Neil Dewsnip has named a 19-man squad for the trip with the group travelling to China next week ahead of their first game with Uruguay on Wednesday 23 May.

They will then face the host nation two days later on Friday 25 May before the final game against Hungary on Sunday 27 May.

Following a busy schedule of games for the U18s in March, which saw Dewsnip’s young side clock up victories over Qatar, Argentina and Belarus, Dewsnip has selected a similar group for this trip.

There are two first-time England call-ups, with Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey and West Bromwich Albion’s Nathan Ferguson included while there's also a return to the squad for Crystal Palace midfielder Nya Kirby.

The team will meet up and fly to China on Wednesday 16 May to begin their preparations for the competition.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

Defenders: Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Jake Vokins (Southampton), Adam Wilson (Newcastle United)

Midfielders: Alex Denny (Everton), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), George McEachran (Chelsea), Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough), Callum Wright (Leicester City)

Forwards: Danny Loader (Reading), Felix Nmecha (Manchester City), Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City)

The Staff

Head coach: Neil Dewsnip
In Possession Coach: Lee Skyrmes
Out of Possession Coach: Richie Kyle
National Specialist Coach: Warren Hackett
Goalkeeping Coach: Mark Mason

By Nicholas Veevers