Reds youngster Weir in line for Victory Shield call-up
Posted by nickogs20 on October 24, 2010
United schoolboy James Weir looks set for inclusion in Kenny Swain’s England U16 squad for the upcoming Victory Shield clash with Northern Ireland.
While the official squad announcement isn’t expected until next week, Reds winger Weir is one of a number of new players to appear on the FA website’s U16 team page. With eighteen names listed, it’s probably safe to assume that this group of players will be the one tasked with getting England back on track after a disastrous 4-0 reverse in their opener against Wales.
After featuring – usually as a substitute – for United’s U15s in both the Marveld tournament and the Manchester United Senior Cup in 2009, Weir established himself as a key part of that squad this year, starring as the Reds recorded a strong third-place finish at Marveld and impressed in a tough section at the MUPC. The 15 year-old’s inclusion comes after no United youngsters were selected in Swain’s squad for the first game, which came as something of a surprise after those strong tournament performances over the summer.
Aside from Weir, prospects to look out for in the squad include Newcastle’s Adam Campbell, MVP of this year’s MUPC, and Chelsea midfielder John Swift, who stood out in the Junior section of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup back in July. Another name that catches the eye is that of striker Devante Cole, son of former Reds frontman and Treble winner Andrew, although Cole Jr unfortunately plays his club football for the other Manchester team. Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland squad for the November 4th meeting at the Oval in Belfast is likely to include midfielder Paddy McNair, a highly-rated 14 year-old who is on United’s books.