England stars of the future set to appear...
England U19s boss Sean O’Driscoll has named his squad for the upcoming match against Italy – keeping faith with 16 players who achieved three wins from three in the recent Euro qualifiers.
The Young Lions entertain Italy at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium on Friday 14 November.
Last month O’Driscoll took his side to Luxembourg for the first qualifying round of the European Championship, and they defeated Belarus 3-0, Luxembourg 8-0 and Belgium 4-2 to progress to the elite round.
And the former Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers manager has recalled 16 of that squad for next week’s meeting with the Azzurrini – including Fulham forward Patrick Roberts, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster, who scored 11 goals between them in Luxembourg.
O’Driscoll said: “There is an exciting pool of talent in this age group.
“The squad has a good balance, there is strength in depth and people can play in different positions. The potential is there for this to be a really good team.
“Despite what people say about English footballers, on a technical level the players in this age group are as good as anything that’s out there in any country in the world. This is testament to the excellent work going on in the club academies where the players are nurtured.
“We only 'borrow' the players for a few days and in that short time are trying to mould the boys into an England team. The aim is to work with the clubs to ensure that the players' England experience is one they enjoy and is beneficial as part of each individual's overall development.”
There is a first call-up for Everton goalkeeper Russell Griffiths while Manchester City defender Kean Bryan returns to the squad after being forced to withdraw from the last squad through injury.
The draw for the elite qualifying round of the Euros will take place on Wednesday 3 December.
Squad for Italy match
Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Russell Griffiths (Everton), Ted Smith (Southend United),
Ola Aina (Chelsea), Kean Bryan (Manchester City), Reece Burke (West Ham), Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Ashley Smith-Brown (Man City)
Dele Alli (MK Dons), Charlie Colkett (Chelsea), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Bryn Morris (Middlesbrough), Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur)
Brandon Barker (Manchester City), Isaiah Brown (Chelsea), Bradley Fewster (Middlesbrough), Alex Kiwomya [(Chelsea)pictured], Patrick Roberts (Fulham)