Thursday, 2 November 2017

Two Nigerian Youngsters Called Up To England U-17 Squad

Two players of Nigerian descent have been summoned by the English Football Association for England U17's upcoming games this month.

The highly-rated Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo and Chelsea attacking midfielder Faustino Anjorin are set to add to their international caps for England youth, having been named in England U-17 manager, Steve Cooper's 20-player roster.

Six players of Nigerian descent Jordan Aina, Ajibola Alese, Xavier Amaechi, Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu, Nathaniel Ogbeta and Bukayo Saka, who all represented England U16s last season have been omitted from the latest U-17 squad list announced on Thursday morning.

The 16-year-old Arthur Okonkwo is highly regarded by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and has trained with the club's first-teamers twice this season.

Faustino Anjorin,15, has five appearances under his belt for Chelsea U18s so far this season, and got on the score-sheet against Fulham back in September.

The Young Lions, world champions at U17 level, will take on Portugal in a mini-tournament on November 8, before facing Russia (November 11) and Germany (November 14).

ENGLAND UNDER 17 SQUAD IN FULL:

GOALKEEPERS: Marcus Dewhurst (Sheffield United), Arthur Okonkwo (Arsenal), Harry Seaden (Southend United)

DEFENDERS: Faustino Anjorin (Chelsea), Luis Binks (Tottenham Hotspur), Max Broughton (Bolton Wanderers), Vontae Daley Campbell (Arsenal), Ethan Laird (Manchester United)

MIDFIELDERS: Elijah Dixon-Bonner (Liverpool), Tommy Doyle (Manchester City), Jimmy Garner (Manchester United), Mason Greenwood (Manchester United), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Clinton Mola (Chelsea), Tareq Shihab (Brighton & Hove Albion), Louie Sibley (Derby County)

FORWARDS: Arvin Appiah (Nottingham Forest), Bobby Duncan (Manchester City), Luis Longstaff (Liverpool), Jack Nolan (Reading)

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