Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White has been told to draw on his World Cup winning experience to help England Under-19s to this summer’s European Championship finals.
Starting tomorrow (Wednesday), the Young Lions play Czech Republic, Greece and Denmark at St Georges’ Park, with only the top team of the four-nation group progressing to July’s finals in Armenia.
Gibbs-White is included in head coach Keith Downing’s 21-man squad who kick off against the Czechs, before they tackle Greece on Saturday, then host Denmark next Tuesday.
Downing, the popular former Wolves midfielder said: “We have some real experience in our side, as many of our players were part of the team that won the U17 World Cup so we’ll be looking to draw on that in these games.
“It’s really important for our players’ development to give them as many experiences as possible, and to be part of as many finals at each age group as we can.
“This is a really tough test for us as only the top team qualifies for this summer’s finals, so we need to be really focused and concentrated on every game.
“We are facing some quality opposition and we know each team will have their own strengths and we need to be prepared for that.
“It’s that experience they’ll be able to use when they hopefully progress up into the Under-21s and eventually the senior team, which is always our overriding aim.”
The majority of the squad who featured in the first qualifying round games last November are involved again, but there is one new face, Nottingham Forest forward Arvin Appiah, who had previously featured for England Under-18s this season.
Goalkeepers: Josef Bursik (AFC Telford United, loan from Stoke City), Billy Crellin (Fleetwood Town), Thomas McGill (Basingstoke, loan from Brighton)
Defenders: Max Aarons (Norwich), Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Monaco), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
Midfielders: Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves), Rekeem Harper (Albion), George McEachran (Chelsea), Felix Nmecha (Manchester City)
Forwards: Arvin Appiah (Nottingham Forest), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Danny Loader (Reading), Ian Poveda-Ocampo (Manchester City), Stephen Walker (MK Dons, loan from Middlesbrough)