Nottingham Forest’s Ben Brereton has been named in England’s Under-19 squad as they begin their defence of the Under 19s European Championship.
England will face the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Bulgaria in November with the hope of progressing through the first round of qualifying into the Elite round next March.
Previously, the Forest youngster played a key role in England’s European Championship win and came off the bench to help his side secure a 2-1 victory against Portugal to lift the trophy back in June.
The success in Georgia gave England their first ever European Championship win at Under-19 level and added to a glorious summer for England’s youth teams.
It all began at the prestigious Toulon Tournament where a mixed age group England side recorded a nail-biting win on penalties against Ivory Coast, with Sheffield United starlet David Brooks picking up the player of the tournament.
And the Sheffield United connection continued in England’s next success; the Under-20 World Cup.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, formerly of the Blades, capped off a brilliant tournament for the Young Lions with the only goal in a 1-0 triumph over Venezuela, which also included a heroic penalty save from Freddie Woodman.
The Newcastle goalkeeper went on to claim the Golden Glove award whilst Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke joined the likes of Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba in being awarded the Golden Ball for the tournament’s top scorer.
This was then followed by the Under-19s’ success in which Forest’s Brereton starred, becoming the tournament’s top scorer alongside Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, with three goals.
Finally the Under-17s rounded off an incredible summer for England’s younger generation with another World Cup win.
After finishing runners up at the Under-17 European Championships earlier in the summer, Steve Cooper’s youngsters went one better with a scintillating display in India that was rounded off with a resounding 5-2 victory over Spain in the final.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jordan Sancho shone in the early rounds of the competition but when he was recalled by his parent club, up stepped Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster.
The duo scored consecutive hat-tricks in the quarter final and semi-final before playing an instrumental part in England’s deserved win in the final.
Foden, who was praised in pre-season by City manager Pep Guardiola, was crowned the player of the tournament whilst Brewster’s goal in the final, his ninth overall, handed him the accolade of top scorer in the tournament.
With such a promising summer from England’s youth sides, attention will now turn to the players parent clubs and their ability to nurture the very obvious talent that this group of youngsters possesses.
However, one thing that does seem apparent is that the future is certainly looking bright for England.