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Lions squad announced for Finals

England 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

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