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Young Lions squad head for UEFA U17 EURO Finals in the Republic of Ireland this month

Thursday 02 May 2019
The England U17s squad are all set for the UEFA U19 EURO Finals in Ireland

England U17s head across the Irish Sea this week for the 2019 UEFA U17 Euro Finals, which are being staged in the Republic of Ireland.

The Young Lions reached the last 16 of the competition after progressing through the elite qualifying round in March and will now face France, Netherlands and Sweden in their group stage games following last month's draw.

And head coach Steve Cooper has selected a 20-man squad for the trip, as England go in search of a a third U17 EURO title, following on from victories in 2010 and 2014.

The majority of the group who featured during the elite round are involved again, but there are also first-time U17 call ups for Manchester City pair Samson Robinson and Cole Palmer.

Steve Cooper and his squad are in Ireland ahead of the Euro Finals this month

“We’re very happy with the squad that we’ve been able to bring out to Dublin,” revealed Cooper, who led the U17s to the U17 EURO Final and then the U17 World Cup title two years ago.

“It’s one that we feel can perform well in this tournament but also has the potential to do well in the future at other England age groups.

“This is the first opportunity for our players to play in a major tournament and over the years, the U17 EUROs have proved to be a vital milestone event for players and their development for the future, and I’m sure this will prove to be no different.

“The squad is full of optimism and confidence and we’re ready to give it everything we have. We want to be productive and successful.”

England kick-off their tournament on Friday evening when they face France in Longford, a game streamed live on UEFA's YouTube channel and the BBC iPlayer, before they meet the Dutch at Tolka Park in Dublin on Monday afternoon.

Their final group match against Sweden comes on Thursday 9 May at Home Farm FC in Dublin.

“We’re really excited about facing France, Netherlands and Sweden in the group stages,” added Cooper.

“They’re three very different sides and they’ll be a good challenge for the team.

The U17s have enjoyed a successful season so far and are now targeting the Euro title

“Over the years we’ve put together a games programme that has provided our players with the toughest tests and these matches will be just the same.

“We want to be playing the hardest games possible and on a stage like this. It’s a brilliant opportunity for these young players to experience international football at its best.”

This year’s competition also acts as a gateway for qualification to the FIFA U17 World Cup, with five places up for grabs to represent Europe at the competition in Brazil later this year.

That means all four semi-finalists will qualify, with a play-off between the two losing quarter finalists with the best records in the group stages to decide the final spot.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Louie Moulden (Manchester City), James Trafford (Manchester City)

Defenders: Matthew Bondswell (RB Leipzig), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Manchester City), Malachi Fagan-Walcott (Tottenham Hotspur), Teden Mengi (Manchester United), Haydon Roberts (Brighton & Hove Albion), Samson Robinson (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Miguel Azeez (Arsenal), Lewis Bate (Chelsea), Teddy Jenks (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nonso Madueke (PSV Eindhoven), Yunus Musah (Arsenal), Cole Palmer (Manchester City), Jensen Weir (Wigan Athletic), Jeremy Sarmiento (Benfica)

Forwards: Joseph Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic), Sam Greenwood (Arsenal), Benjamin Knight (Manchester City), Morgan Rogers (West Bromwich Albion)

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels