Head coach Noel Blake has named a strong side for their friendly with UEFA European under-19 Championship hosts Hungary on the 14th November. The friendly match will be used as a gauge to try and judge how far England could go in the competition, and maybe could even stake a claim to win it.
Stephen Pickering takes a look at the 5 players that could make an impact against Hungary:
Mason Bennett – The Derby County man has been in fine form since his promotion to the under-19 squad averaging a goal a game.
The highly rated 17-year-old will oddly feel too experienced for the under-19 squad as he has been playing under-21 and first team football since he was 15, but it’s nice to see a genuinely exciting striker come through the youth ranks.
Ben Pearson – The Manchester United ‘young player of the year’ winner has become an experience under-19 player having already won 7 caps for the side, and scoring 2 goals.
Widely tipped to go on to be something special, the award winning midfielder has joined the list with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, so it speaks volumes of the weight of the award.
Lewis Baker – The Chelsea midfielder has proven himself a key talent in the youth England side with 5 goals in his previous 9 caps for his country.
Ever present for the Chelsea NextGen series, he has been described as a two-footed creative and technical midfielder and a good penalty kick taker, which could provide useful in a competition situation. The young player certainly seems gifted enough to be the driving force of the young England side.
Calum Chambers – Southampton’s young defender is the most capped player in the current England under-19 side having played 13 times, scoring 2 goals.
The talented player has already played for Southampton’s first team including; a Premier League win against West Bromwich Albion on 17th August 2013. He has a very, very bright future and will undoubtedly follow in the footsteps of Lallana and Shaw as their ever productive youth team continues to bear fruit.
Jordan Ibe – The young winger has been in instrumental form for the Liverpool youth side, and has already proven a key member of the England under-19 side.
The talented young player, much like Mason Bennett has been around first team football since a very young age and despite being 17, he has all the potential in the world to one day become a world class winger and an integral part of both Liverpool’s and England’s set up for years to come.
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