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Trio make England bow

6 March 2013

Cooper, Fosu and Tshibola feature

Jake Cooper, Tariqe Fosu and Aaron Tshibola of the Royals Academy all featured for England's under-18s last night in Belgium.

Centre back Cooper started the match at the Tivoli Stadium and was substituted in a scheduled change at half time, while Midfielders Fosu and Tshibola came on mid-way through the second half.

Belgium edged the game with a 1-0 win, though the contest was even throughout. Academy manager Eamonn Dolan flew out to Belgium to watch his young guns - defender Niall Keown was on standby for the under-18s game.

The likes of Man United's Danny Welbeck and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have played for this age group in recent years - which has proven to be a key stepping stone to the senior team.

Meanwhile, Royals and England under-16s goalkeeper Lewis Ward has received a call up an international tournament in France over March and April.

Well done to our Academy boys!

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