International Prospects Round-Up

30 03 2009

welbeck_england1A number of the top 50 represented their countries at assorted levels over the past seven days, and we’ll take a look at how they all got on. It’s dominated by England’s players.

Despite being named in the squad for the second time, Daniel Welbeck wasn’t selected by Stuart Pearce for the England Under-21s on Friday night in Norway. He’ll hope to be involved against France in the upcoming fixture this week. Jack Rodwell, who received his first call-up, was also forced to watch from the sidelines and will aim to join Welbeck in the squad for the next game.

Rodwell did captain the England Under-19s earlier in the week, but Brian Eastick’s team were frustrated in their final warm-up game before the European Under-19 Championship Qualifiers resume for the Elite round. They were held 0-0 by the Czech Republic at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium in a match which also featured Jason Steele (who kept a clean sheet), Nathan Delfouneso, and Jonathan Obika. Jordan Spence was an unused substitute, whilst Henri Lansbury would have captained the team but was ruled out through injury.

Down at Under-17 level the Three Lions are well on their way to qualifying for their Under-17 Finals in May, hosted in Germany. John Bostock and Jose Baxter have been involved as John Peacock’s team continue to impress.

Elsewhere, flying Slovakian wingers Miroslav Stoch and Vladimir Weiss are in the team’s Under-20 squad for the Mirop Cup game against Italy, although Stoch won’t feature having been called up to the senior squad. Finally, Barry Bannan made his Scotland Under-21 debut in a 1-0 win over Albania.

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