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England MU19s squad selected for games with France and Belgium in Spain this October

Friday 04 Oct 2019
England U19s celebrate Tommy Doyle's goal against Greece earlier this season

England U19s have a double header with France and Belgium in Spain this month, as they take part in the International Marbella Cup.

Paul Simpson’s squad are preparing for November’s U19 EURO first qualifying round, which sees them face Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg and hosts North Macedonia.

Marbella International Cup
  • France v England
  • 4pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019
  • Belgium v England
  • 3pm, Saturday 12 October 2019
  • Both matches at Marbella Football Centre

And the Young Lions will see these matches as a solid test as they look to progress through the first stage of the road to next summer’s U19 EURO Finals in Northern Ireland.

Last month saw Simpson’s side kick-off the new campaign with a 3-1 win over Greece at St. George’s Park before they slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Germany.

The majority of that squad feature again this month, but there are also some new faces in the shape of Southampton keeper Jack Bycroft, Chelsea’s Henry Lawrence and Fulham’s Sonny Hilton who all receive their first England call-ups.

“We’ve used the first two camps to try and look as at many players as we can ahead of next month’s EURO Qualifiers, while trying to keep a consistent spine of the group,” said Simpson.

The MU19s kicked-off the season with a 3-1 win over Greece at SGP

“We’ve made a fair number of changes as we want to see players in and around an England environment.

“We’ve also got a few key players who have been regulars throughout the age groups missing through injury, but it opens the door for other players to show us what they can do.

“We’re expecting two difficult games against France and Belgium. Both teams are strong, athletic and technically very good.

“The physical test will stretch our players and give us a good idea of levels in the group before we go into three key qualifiers in November.”

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Luca Ashby-Hammond (Fulham), Jack Bycroft (Southampton), Zachary Jeacock (Gloucester City, loan from Birmingham City)

Defenders: Ajibola Alese (Accrington Stanley, loan from West Ham United), Lee Buchanan (Derby County), Vontae Daley-Campbell (Leicester City), Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Manchester City), Clinton Mola (Chelsea), Luke Thomas (Leicester City), Rhys Williams (Kidderminster Harriers, loan from Liverpool)

Midfielders: James Garner (Manchester United), Sonny Hilton (Fulham), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Henry Lawrence (Chelsea), Paris Maghoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Morgan Whittaker (Derby County)*

Forwards: Arvin Appiah (UD Almeria), Bobby Duncan (Fiorentina), Ryan Edmondson (Leeds United), Anthony Gordon (Everton)

* Replaces Faustino Anjorin (Chelsea)
Thomas Doyle (Manchester City) withdrawn

By Nicholas Veevers