We are delighted to confirm that three members of Reading's youth ranks have been selected for England U17 duty, as they head to Spain for several friendlies in February.
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Goalkeeper, Coniah Boyce-Clarke and defenders, Nelson Abbey and Imari Samuels are all currently in Spain preparing for a triple-header of fixtures over the weekend in Three Lions colours, among a talented squad of some of the best first-year scholars in the country.
Boyce-Clarke and Samuels have already played for England U17s this season - as the Young Lions won the Syrenka Cup back in September. After successfully navigating their way through to the final, Boyce-Clarke's penalty shootout heroics helped England win the trophy at the death, beating Poland on spot kicks.
However, this will be Abbey's first involvement with his country this season after impressing while playing regular football with our Under-18s, making 14(+2) appearances so far and scoring three times.
With three players representing Reading's Category One Academy, this also means the Royals have more players involved with Kevin Betsy's squad than any other club!
The Young Lions take part in their first match on Thursday against Ukraine, before taking on Russia on Saturday 8th February, and then a reverse fixture against Ukraine on Monday 10th February - with these matches forming a crucial part of the U17s' preparations for the U17 Euro qualifiers in March.
Best of luck to Coniah, Nelson and Imari on international duty, and congratulations to all three for this fantastic achievement!
England U17 squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Coniah Boyce-Clarke (Reading), Matthew Cox (AFC Wimbledon), Teddy Sharman-Lowe (Burton Albion).
Defenders: Nelson Abbey (Reading), Derrick Abu (Chelsea), Ethan Ingram (West Bromwich Albion), Nohan Kenneh (Leeds United), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), Fedel Ross Lang (Manchester City), Imari Samuels (Reading).
Midfielders: Omari Hutchinson (Arsenal), Nile John (Tottenham Hotspur), Aaron Ramsey (Aston Villa), James Sweet (Arsenal), Harvey Vale (Chelsea).
Forwards: Abdul Abdulmalik (Millwall), Louie Barry (Aston Villa), Amadou Diallo (West Ham United), Lewis Dobbin (Everton), Fionn Mooney (Crystal Palace), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Ayman Benarous (Bristol City).