England U19s beat Finland 1-0
The England U19s finished with a hard-fought victory against Finland on November 13th. Noel Blake had his side impacted by a number of withdrawals (of which can be seen below), which only added to the experience of the match. Instead of having a first choice squad out there, Blake had to be content without what he estimated to be ‘around 15-20′ players. Although, the numbers are a little far-fetched, given that Eric Dier made his senior debut for Sporting Lisbon this past weekend.
With the opportunity to impress, a vast number of the U18s from October’s friendly against Italy strapped up their boots and took to the pitch. Everyone in the squad secured minutes under their belt, including Norwich City twins – Jacob and Josh Murphy – playing for their country for the second time together. Full-time result was 1-0 to England after Charlton Athletic’s Adebayo Azeez won a penalty in the 93rd minute, which Everton and England captain John Lundstram duly buried.
The current U19 setup is a mix of newer faces and old heads, with coach Noel Blake knowing he has to pick wisely as this group heads into 2013. One small positive is West Ham United’s Dan Potts no longer being eligible for the United States due to his father’s residency grounds that no longer qualify him.
Goalkeepers: Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
Defenders: Jack O’Connell (Blackburn Rovers), Bradley Potts (Carlisle United) *** Daniel Potts (West Ham United), Jack Stephens (Southampton), John Stones (Barnsley), Adam Webster (Portsmouth).
Midfielders: Calum Chambers (Southampton), Raheem Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), John Lundstram(Everton), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), James Weir (Manchester United) ^^
Forwards: Adebayo Azeez (Charlton Athletic)*, Jacob Murphy (Norwich City)**, Josh Murphy (Norwich City) ^^^, Miles Storey (Swindon Town)^ Blair Turgott (West Ham United).
* Replaces Jordie Hiwula-Mayifuila (Manchester City who withdrew due to injury.)
** Replaces Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra) who withdrew due to injury.)
*** Replaces Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City) who withdrew due to injury.)
^ Replaces Jack Barmby (Manchester United), who withdrew due to injury.)
^^ Replaces Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) who withdrew due to injury.)
^^^ Replaces Dominic Samuel (Reading) who withdrew due to injury.)