Stopper debuts for England U19 at Centro de Alto RendimientoWe’re pleased to report on another feather in the cap for our Academy, as goalkeeper Luke Southwood made his bow for England Under-19s away in Mexico.
After travelling to training camps with the national team in the past, the fixture on Monday evening marked Southwood’s first cap at international level.
In the second of a double-header of fixtures at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, the headquarters of the Mexican FA, the Royals stopper kept the hosts’ attack at bay during the first 45 minutes before being replaced by West Ham ‘keeper Sam Howes at the break.
Ultimately the Young Lions slipped to a 1-0 defeat as the Hammers stopper was beaten by a late header to earn a victory for the hosts. Southwood had been an unused sub in the first fixture, where Mexico were 2-0 winners.
Southwood sang the anthem alongside compatriots from sides including Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea – Walsall’s Rico Henry and Rangers’ Jordan Rossiter were the only other starters that aren’t on the books at a top-flight English club.
Indeed, it was standout performances against the likes of Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup last season, as well as a consistent showing throughout the Barclays Under-18 Premier League campaign, which earned Southwood his place amongst the best English talent of his age-group and a trip across the Atlantic.
Aidy Boothroyd’s squad now return home to England, before they meet up again for July’s Euro Finals in Germany – they have been drawn alongside France, Netherlands and Croatia in the group stages.