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Young Lions Call For Quartet

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

A quartet of young Blues have been named in the England Under-19 squad for a friendly against Turkey later this month.

Midfielder John Lundstram and defensive trio John Stones, Tyias Browning and Matthew Pennington are all included in Noel Blake's 18-man group.

It is a first call-up for Pennington, who has impressed at right-back for Everton's Under-18s this term, while Browning's form has also been rewarded with a first international involvement since his time with England Under-17s in 2010.

Lundstram, currently on loan at Doncaster Rovers, is captain for the Under-19 side, while January recruit Stones has three caps already at this level.

"I spoke to Noel last week and he asked me about the lads," said proud Everton Under-21s coach Alan Stubbs. "We've got four players in the squad and for us to do that is fantastic. It's great and shows that we're doing something right.

"For any club, whether it's Everton or a Chelsea or a Manchester United, to have four players in an England Under-19 squad is a great achievement."

The game against Turkey is to be the final warm-up fixture before a trio of crucial qualifiers for this summer's European Championship Finals.

AFC Telford United's home of The New Bucks Head Stadium plays host to England Under-19s' contest with Turkey on Thursday 21 March. Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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