The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U18 Schoolboys’ for the 2021-2022 season following the final Pro:Direct Trial
The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 19th December) with the final England U18 Schoolboys’ Pro:Direct trial taking place at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre. The successful boys have progressed through a rigorous selection process from October until December to be finally selected to represent their country.
The players were first nominated by their county sides to attend regional trials that led to the construction of four regional squads, the North, Midlands, South East and South West. These squads then went head to head in step two of the trials process and formed the North and South squads that travelled to Lilleshall yesterday for the final stage of the process.
Making the final stage of the trials is a huge personal achievement for all the boys who attended and something they can be very proud of.
Mark Hignett, ESFA Chairman said “We are delighted to be able to name this year’s England U18 Schoolboys’ Squad today. It’s a fantastic achievement for these players to have made it through what is a tough trials process, to be able to go on and represent their School, District, County and their Country for this year’s International Season. On behalf of the English Schools’ FA, I would like to congratulate each and every selected boy on their achievement and also pass on my thanks to their parents for the commitment and support they have also shown. Finally, I would like to congratulate all the players that were selected to take part in this year’s trials process and wish them the very best for the rest of this season.”
A huge congratulations to the following boys:
|3||Demico Burton||West Midlands|
|9||Josh Stones||West Yorkshire|
|16||Alfie Dean||North Yorkshire|
This final squad will go on to compete in some friendly matches in the New Year, including a game against the RAF. They will then be involved in some preparatory training before their competitive fixtures at the end of the season in the prestigious Centenary Shield.
The ESFA would like to once more congratulate all the players that were put forward for England Schoolboys’ trials this season and wish those players that haven’t been selected the very best of luck with the rest of their season and footballing careers.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.