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New England MU18s head coach Ian Foster picks his first squad for mini tournament

Friday 30 Aug 2019
Ian Foster will be the new head coach of England MU18s for this season

England MU18s host a four-nation tournament across the Midlands in September, facing Australia, Brazil and Korea Republic.

New head coach Ian Foster has picked a 21-strong squad for the games which kick-off against Australia at Leicester Road FC on Friday 6 September.

England MU18s' September schedule
  • v Australia, 7pm, Friday 6 September, Leicester Road FC
  • v Brazil, 4pm, Sunday 8 September, Hednesford Town FC
  • v Korea Republic, 7pm, Tuesday 10 September, Alfreton Town
  • Admission for £5/£1 at host venues

They then take on Brazil at Hednesford Town FC on Sunday 8 September before facing the Koreans at Alfreton Town on Tuesday 10 September.

“I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to be the England U18 head coach and to be working to the three-year cycle,” said Foster, who was previously a specialist coach with the MU17s under former boss Steve Cooper.

“It’s a privileged position and I’m really looking forward to getting started with these games.

“I’ve worked with this squad last season so know a lot of the players well. The U18s year is also a talent ID year so we’re mindful of being fair to the players who were excellent for us last season but know we’ll be seeing new faces throughout the year.

“At U18 level, a lot of players become full-time and because that accelerates their development, you tend to see new players come onto the pathway that might not have been involved before. We’ll be looking at as many players as possible this year and see where the talent is.

“Next month, we’re facing some good and different tests against world opposition. It’s great that we’re able to play our three matches at different stadiums, in front of our supporters and it’ll be a really valuable experience for the players.

“We’ll be focusing on us as an England side and how we want to play, showcase what England teams are about.”

Fans can watch all three games with entry available on the day at all three venues, priced at £5 and £1 for concessions

The squad

Goalkeepers: Nathan Broome (Stoke City), Louie Moulden (Manchester City), James Trafford (Manchester City)

Defenders: Matthew Bondswell (RB Leipzig), Luke Matheson (Rochdale), Teden Mengi (Manchester United)**, Haydon Roberts (Brighton & Hove Albion), Dynel Simeu (Chelsea), Nathan Wood (Middlesbrough)

Midfielders: Miguel Azeez (Arsenal), Lewis Bate (Chelsea), Fabio De Carvalho (Fulham), Nonso Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Morgan Rogers (Manchester City), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Jensen Weir (Wigan Athletic),

Forwards: Alexander Mighten (Nottingham Forest), Ben Knight (Manchester City), Jay Stansfield (Fulham)*, Layton Stewart (Liverpool). 

* Replaces Joseph Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic)
** Replaces Fagan Malachi-Walcott (Tottenham Hotspur)
*** Replaces Valentino Livramento (Chelsea)

By Nicholas Veevers