Three Reading players have been called up to be involved in England youth team training camps over the coming international break.
Goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke and defender Jeriel Dorsett will spend five days at St George’s Park with the England Under-19 squad, while centre-half Nelson Abbey will be involved with the Under-18s.
The Royals trio are the only players selected across the two age groups which are not currently contracted to a Premier League club, with the exception of Celtic duo Tobi Oluwayemi and Karamoko Dembélé in the U18 setup.
So their experience of playing alongside – and testing themselves against – some of the brightest players across the country by receiving yet another call-up to the Young Lions is a credit to their own development and the work of our Academy.
Stopper Boyce-Clarke, still aged 17, has been a regular starter for our Under-23 squad this season and was between the sticks for wins over Newcastle United and Aston Villa so far.
And his fellow recipient of a U19 call-up, Dorsett, has also featured on a number of occasions for our U23s at the age of 18… Dorsett also got his first ever taste of senior-level football when he played the final few minutes from the bench against Blackpool in our FA Cup replay in January.
Similarly, Abbey had his first dabbling in first-team affairs this season by coming off the bench to replace Sone Aluko against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup, just a fortnight after turning 17. He also has half a dozen appearances at U23 level this season.
Best of luck to our youngsters for their training camps with the England groups at St George’s Park!