We’re very pleased to announce that Royals Academy youngster Jack Nolan has been called up England’s latest Under-17 squad, ahead of games Portugal, Russia and Germany later this month.
The 16-year-old, who has become a fixture of the Royals’ Under-18 squad during the first year of his Academy scholarship, has already been involved with the Young Lions’ U17s – he debuted at that age-group in August with games against Turkey and Italy.
Nolan joins a talented group of English individuals from some of the best youth setups in the country – they’ll look to replicate the success of the England U17 squad which Danny Loader was part of that won the World Cup last month in India!
Indeed, Nolan and his compatriots are preparing for a tournament of their own next summer… but they won’t be playing qualifying matches the build-up. As hosts of the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, England are automatically included in the list of qualifiers.
But they will face a number of high-profile friendlies to get a feel for pace and competitiveness that they’ll expect next year – beginning with the upcoming trio of fixtures against nations which have each won the tournament.
2003 and 2016 champions Portugal are the first opponents on Wednesday 8th November at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium; 2006 and 2013 victors Russia then visit the Pirelli Stadium in Burton on Saturday 11th November, before the mini-tournament concludes with 2009 champions Germany visiting the New York Stadium in Rotherham on Tuesday 14th November.
Our congratulations go to Jack on his selection to the England side, and we wish the best of luck to the whole team for their upcoming games.