England U18 International Squad Announced
Thursday 15 January 2015By ESFA Office
On Friday 9th January, 32 boys arrived at Lilleshall NSC for the last 32 ESFA trials. Following fitness testing and training on Friday afternoon, the management team hosted a lecture on ESFA U18 International football. Guest speaker Rob Gilroy (ESFA U18 player 2013), delivered an inspirational talk to the aspiring players. Rob was a fantastic role model for ESFA and we were all moved by his eloquence and motivational words.
Despite the blustery weather conditions, two competitive games were played against the RAF and Navy and two good performances resulted in a 2-0 win v RAF and 5-0 win v Navy.
On Sunday morning, the two ESFA squads played against each other and despite fatigue, played out an entertaining game with seven goals being scored.
We would like to say thank you to the management team and selectors for their valuable expertise and support throughout this international process.
The management team will continue to build on their key message to the players, based on the following values:
- Work Ethic
- Team Ethic
Our season will be built around them as we move forward together.
Final U18 Squad Announced:
Selecting 16 boys to progress was extremely difficult and it is important to remember football selection is based on opinion. Please find the official squad list below:
Dover Grammar School
Wellacre Tech College
St Josephs Catholic Academy
Simon Langton Grammar School
Bishop Wordsworth School
Langdon Secondary School
St John Bosco College
City of Oxford College
Walford &North Shropshire College
Colyton Grammar School
Maplesden Noakes School
Congratulations to the team and we look forward to seeing the boys on February 4th for their first fixture against Australia at Stafford Town FC!
Finally, Good luck to all 32 boys with their future, it was a pleasure to lead an elite group of young men who were impeccable in their behaviour both on and off the pitch.
Andy Blight ESFA U18 International Manager
& The ESFA Team
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