Lions squad announced for FinalsEngland U19s Head Coach Noel Blake has named his squad for the European U19 Championship Finals, which begin in northern France next week.
The Young Lions will take an 18-man squad to Normandy, where they will be hoping to go one further than last year's competition when they reached the Final only to be pipped by hosts Ukraine.
There are five players from that squad who are included again in Matthew James, Matthew Briggs, Andros Townsend, Declan Rudd and Nathan Delfouneso, who won the Golden Boot award in Donetsk twelve months ago.
After a positive level of co-operation from the players' clubs, the squad will meet up next Monday for a few days of training before heading to France on Thursday ahead of their Group A opener with Austria in Flers on Sunday 18 July, which is being screened live on Eurosport.
Further games will follow against Netherlands and hosts France, before the top two nations from each group will progress to the Semi-Final on Tuesday 27 July and then the winners of those games will contest the Final in Caen on Friday 30 July.
Group B in France will be made up of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia.
England qualified for the Finals after finishing on top of their group in two separate rounds, starting last October with First Round victories over Finland, Slovenia and Slovakia and then finally in the Elite Round in May, when Blake's side saw off competition from Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic Of Ireland to seal a place in the last eight of this tournament for the third successive season.
The teams involved will also be battling for a place in next year's FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia, with the top six teams out of the eight qualifying for that competition as European representatives.
Nathan Baker - Aston Villa
John Bostock - Tottenham Hotspur
Matthew Briggs - Fulham
Reece Brown - Manchester United
Stephen Caulker - Tottenham Hotspur
Nathaniel Clyne - Crystal Palace
Thomas Cruise - Arsenal
Nathan Delfouneso - Aston Villa
Ryan Donaldson - Newcastle United
Matty James - Manchester United
Jacob Mellis - Chelsea
Frank Nouble - West Ham United
Dean Parrett - Tottenham Hotspur
Matthew Phillips - Wycombe Wanderers
Declan Rudd - Norwich City
James Severn - Derby County
Josh Thompson - Celtic
Andros Townsend - Tottenham Hotspur