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England U19s squad named as they begin their Euro campaign with qualifiers in Turkey

Friday 09 Nov 2018
England U19s ahead of their game with Macedonia at St. George's Park last month

England U19s begin their campaign for the European Championships in November, as they travel to Turkey for the first qualifying round.

The Young Lions will take on opposition from the host nation, Moldova and Iceland with the aim being to progress to the elite round next March.

Head coach Keith Downing has picked a 21-man squad for the trip after what has been an impressive start to the season over the last two months.

October saw the U19s pick up a 4-1 away win over Portugal and a 6-2 victory against Macedonia at St. George’s Park, which came on the back of wins against Belgium and the Netherlands in September.

And Downing has called upon largely the same group of players again, with the exception of Arsenal defender Bukayo Saka, as they look to kick-start their road to next July’s Finals in Armenia.

“We have one or two absentees from the October squad, but we feel we have a competitive group of players going into the qualifiers with good momentum,” said Downing ahead of the trip.

Stephen Walker scored a hat-trick against Macedonia in the U19s' last match ahead of this month

“We are under no illusions that the group will be a test and we need to be fully focused and at our best to qualify.”

Their first game comes on Wednesday 14 July when they face Moldova, before moving on to play Iceland on Saturday 17 November. The final game is against hosts Turkey on Tuesday 20 November, with all three games being staged in Manavgat in the Antalya region.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Hednesford Town, loan from Stoke City), Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich City), Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (AS Monaco), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Jake Vokins (Southampton)

Midfielders: Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Rekeem Harper (West Bromwich Albion), Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), George McEachran (Chelsea)

Forwards: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Danny Loader (Reading), Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City), Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal), Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough)

By FA Staff