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ESFA England U18 Schoolboys’- Official Squad Announcement

The ESFA have announced the 18 players chosen to represent the England U18 Schoolboys’ for the 2019-2020 season!

The ESFA concluded their search for the best schools’ footballers that England has to offer yesterday (Sunday 1st December) with the final England U18 Schoolboys’ trial taking place at Rowley Park, Stafford. The boys have progressed through a rigorous trial 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 traveled to Rowley Park yesterday for the final step of the process.

With that being said, 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.

A huge congratulations to the following boys:

Name

County

Name

County

Taylor Haddow

Bedfordshire

Kenyatta Bernal

Cheshire

Mathew Wade

Durham

Charlie Dickerson

Norfolk

Carter Lycett

Staffordshire

Michael Olayinka

Greater Manchester

Ethan Warne

Norfolk

Lucas Garbe

Merseyside

Max Blencowe

Sussex

David Pereira

Staffordshire

Thomas Duffy

Essex

Reece Wylie

Hampshire

Brad Santos

Sussex

Cameron Pike

Somerset

Ross Johnstone

Gloucestershire

Taylor Richardson

Durham

Ben Reay

Durham

Hans Mpongo

Hampshire

The U18 England Schoolboys’ squad will start with some friendly fixtures, starting against the RAF on the 12th January 2020 followed by a game against Australia schoolboys’ on the 25th January. They will then play two further friendly games against two different UCFB squads before heading away on preparatory training before their competitive fixtures in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in April 2020.

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.

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England U18 Schoolboys’ – Final trial this weekend

The ESFA are hosting the final England U18 Schoolboys’ trials this weekend at Rowley Park, Stafford, providing the nominated boys with a final chance to impress.

The ESFA host the final England U18 schoolboys’ trial this weekend with the intent of finding the best players that schools’ football has to offer. The successful trialists will be presented with the opportunity to earn honours caps by representing their country in the 2019-2020 schools football season.

The trial will see the best school footballers from the North and South of England play for a prestigious place in the final England U18 schoolboys’ squad. This will be the boys’ last chance to impress the ESFA selectors so the stakes couldn’t be higher! The North and South squads have been formed following a gruelling and thorough selection process, first being nominated by their county sides and then making their way through two prior stages of ESFA regional trials. Simply by being nominated to take part in regional trials, players have already achieved the honour of being recognised by their county, having been put forward for the opportunity to play internationally by proving their capability of playing both individually and as part of a team. 

Click here to view the selected North and South squad members taking part

Once selected, this season’s U18 England Schoolboys’ squad, following some friendly matches against UCFB squads and Australia, will go on to play in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for Schools’ Football across England and has run International squads since 1907. The Association boasts crowds of 95,000 spectators at Wembley on multiple occasions at the height of the U15 international representative boys’ team.  The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organisation, to be able to reward individuals, particularly at U18 level, who choose to remain in mainstream education as opposed to opting to join the academy system. There are deeply rooted values in education for ESFA and this is a way to celebrate players who have chosen to build a secure foundation for themselves with qualifications, wherever their football careers may take them.