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U16 duo called up for England’s Victory Shield defence

Posted by nickogs20 on September 15, 2008

England U16 boss Kenny Swain has called up Tom Thorpe and Ravel Morrison to his squad for next month’s 2008 Sky Sports Victory Shield.

Centre-half Thorpe and forward Morrison were big factors in the strong showing of United’s U15 side at the recent Manchester United Premier Cup and will be pushing for starting roles as England look to retain the Victory Shield for an eighth successive season. The Reds have provided a number of youngsters to the national side over that period, including Ben Amos, Febian Brandy, Danny Welbeck, Cameron Stewart, Oliver Norwood, Nicky Ajose and, most recently, Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and forward John Cofie are reported to be on standby should any of the original 18-strong party be forced to withdraw.

The tournament gets underway on October 3rd, with England facing Northern Ireland in Ballymena. The full fixture list is as follows:

October 3rd – Northern Ireland v England (Ballymena)
October 17th – Scotland v Wales (Clyde)
October 31st – Wales vs England (Llanelli)
November 7th – Scotland vs Northern Ireland (Dundee)
November 21st – Northern Ireland vs Wales (Glenavon)
November 29th – England vs Scotland (To be confirmed)

All games will be shown live on Sky Sports.

To find out more about the tournament, you can visit the official Victory Shield site, although it doesn’t appear to have been updated since the 2006 tournament. There’s still some interesting background info on there anyway, and it may be updated in the time between now and the start of this year’s event.

The FA’s website will have regular updates on the tournament and (obviously) the England games in particular, whilst the websites for the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish FAs should similarly cover this extensively. We’ll monitor the squad announcements when they are forthcoming from the other three nations and bring you any news of further MUFC representation.

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8 Responses to “U16 duo called up for England’s Victory Shield defence”

  1. Keith said

    Interesting to see that Cofie is struggling to get in the U16s. For a player of his early reputation and cost I thought he was supposed to be head and shoulders above anyone in the same age group.

  2. Ross Green said

    Cofie is considered an English national?

  3. Joe Armstrong said

    He is not struggling but has been injured recently so maybe that is why. Also there are soem very good forwards around at that level at the moment so we will have to wait and see.

    Apparently his Dad was born in London so he has the right to British nationality, but England U/16’s is applicable to anyone who goes to School in England. Ryan Giggs played for England Schools as he went to school in Swinton, but played for Wales Youth because he is Welsh.

    Loads of Scottish born players have played for England Schools but not England Youth for this reason.

  4. drogbabas said

    do u have any pic or profile of john cofie

  5. nickogs20 said

    Nope, he’s too young, there are legal issues preventing details of U16 players being given, bar what is out in the public domain via other channels.

  6. Utd123 said

    I know tom thorpe he goes to my school and i have played football with him for my school team. he is a top class player

  7. Scott Ackroyd said

    I went to school with John Cofie, it was a boaring school, coz mine and his dad are both in the army, and at the time we both lived in Germany. (lol dont worry! we aint german! we lived on an english army camp!) n yeh John can play for england, and u really want him to, coz he really is something else when he plays football!

  8. ? said

    i know john cofie he went to my school… he is so good at football no joke he worth every penny that united paid for him!

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