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England U18 Schoolboys v Australia U18 Schoolboys

The England U18 Schoolboys will head to Stafford Town FC’s Evans Park on Saturday 25 January to play this year’s International friendly fixture against the U18 Australian Schoolboys.

The England squad will receive their official home kit, newly sponsored by Utilita, on Saturday morning at the ESFA’s Headquarters in Stafford ahead of the match and will have the opportunity to proudly wear the 3 Lions badge during the afternoon’s game, which is due to kick off at 2:15pm. As part of School Sport Australia’s UK and ROI tour, spanning January, the travelling team will visit Stafford Town this weekend, to take part in this exciting fixture for the second consecutive year.

The ESFA are delighted to announce that the full match will be streamed live via the ESFA’s YouTube Channel, ESFA TV – providing a fantastic viewing experience for supporters who are unable to travel, including those back in Australia.

In light of the devastating bush fires in Australia, the English Schools’ FA would like to invite supporters to make a donation to the Australian Red Cross in order to support their efforts in helping those affected by the fires. The ESFA’s Just Giving page can be found here: http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/schoolsfootball

Spectators are encouraged to come along to Stafford Town to get a glimpse of the squad before they embark on their SAFIB Centenary Shield fixtures, which begin in March with an away fixture against Northern Ireland. Tickets can be purchased on entry at £5 for an Adult and £3 concession.

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England U18 Schoolboys vs RAF U23’s- Match Report

The England U18 Schoolboys’ Squad played their first friendly match as a final squad of 18 last Sunday (12 January) against the RAF’s Under 23 team at Oxford City FC. This marked the Schoolboys’ first chance to proudly wear the Three Lions badge and represent their country at the highest level.  

With both teams getting off to a strong start, the RAF quickly took a 1 – 0 lead after just 10 minutes. However, after just 27 minutes, the England team fought back and equalised with a goal from Mpongo. The England squad made it 2 – 1 just before the half time break, with Taylor Richardson scoring his first of the season. ESFA players Brad Santos and Carter Lycett, in his second year of representing England at this level, took their turns to score, giving a final result of 4 – 1 to England.

The squad played in their new England away kit, sponsored by newly announced ESFA Principal Partners, Utilita – however, the team will have to wait until Saturday 25 January to be officially presented with their home England shirts at their kit presentation, just prior to their match against Australia Schoolboys. This match will be available to watch live, over on our YouTube channel: ESFA TV. [match information can be found below]

ESFA Chairman Phil Harding said; “We are delighted at the strong start the England U18 Schoolboys have made to their International season in 2020. The team gave a great debut performance at Oxford City and we look forward to our upcoming fixture at Stafford Town FC against Australia on the 25th January. Hopefully their upcoming friendly fixtures will prepare them well for the Centenary Shield matches in the coming months.”

Trials for the ESFA U18 Schoolboys’ began back In October 2019, where players nominated by their counties were whittled down through two stages of regional trials until the official squad was chosen after final trials took place at Rowley Park, Stafford at the start of December.  

Spectators are encouraged to come along to Stafford Town FC to catch a first glimpse of the squad in their home kit as they take on the Australia Schoolboys. The match will kick off at 2:30pm.  

A summary of the remaining boys’ fixtures can be found below:

Fixture Date Venue
England v Australia (friendly) Saturday 25 January 2020 Stafford Town FC 2:30pm KO
UCFB v England (friendly) Sunday 1 March 2020 National Squash Centre, Etihad Campus. 1pm KO
Centenary Shield Fixtures
Wales vs England Sunday 26 April 2020 Penybont FC (Bridgend) 2pm KO
England vs Scotland Friday 9 April 2020 North Ferriby   KO TBC
Northern Ireland vs England Friday 27 March 2020 Venue TBC KO TBC
England vs Republic of Ireland Friday 3 April 2020 Spennymoor FC KO TBC