International bright young things
Posted by nickogs20 on October 9, 2009
As large numbers of the senior squad head off on World Cup qualifying duty for the last time this cycle, there’s the usual slew of callups for the youngsters at United, including a surprising first Northern Ireland callup for English-born Joe Dudgeon. All the details after the jump…
Who: Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley
When/Where: UEFA Euro U21 Qualifier vs Macedonia home (9/10/09, Coventry)
More Info: Cleverley has continued to impress and will be pushing for a starting place and third cap, but tough competition for places may mean Welbeck (looking for a 4th cap) has to make do with a place on the bench. Full squad here.
Northern Ireland U21
Who: Craig Cathcart, Joe Dudgeon and Corry Evans
When/Where: UEFA Euro U21 Qualifier vs Iceland away (13/10/09, Reyjkavik)
More Info: Cathcart and Evans have 12 and 6 caps respectively. The surprise is the call-up of Leeds-born Dudgeon, who seems to have followed Ollie Norwood’s lead and pledged his allegiance to Northern Ireland. Norwood himself misses out as FIFA still haven’t given clearance for him to play for NI competitively (required because he represented England competitively at U17 level). Full details here.
Who: David Gray
When/Where: UEFA Euro U21 Qualifier vs Belarus home (10/10/09, St Mirren)
More Info: Gray looking for his second cap, the first coming nearly 11 months ago. Full squad here.
Who: Federico Macheda
When/Where: UEFA Euro U21 Qualifier vs Bosnia and Herzegovina home (13/10/09, Mantova)
More Info: Macheda still included despite Casiraghi’s criticism last month, although faces competition from Balotelli and Paloschi for a striking place. Full squad here.
Who: Adem Ljajić
When/Where: UEFA Euro U21 Qualifier vs Cyprus home (9/10/09, Vojvodina), Croatia away (13/10/09, Varazdin)
Who: Reece Brown, Cameron Stewart
When/Where: UEFA Euro U19 First Qualifying Round vs Slovenia, Finland and Slovakia (9-14/10/09, Slovenia)
More Info: Both players were capped for the first time at this level last month. Matt James, who captained the side on that occasion, isn’t present due to his exertions with the U20s at the World Cup. Full squad here.
Northern Ireland U19
Who: Conor Devlin
When/Where: UEFA Euro U19 First Qualifying Round vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Iceland (7-12/10/09, Bosnia)
More Info: Ollie Norwood was originally included but had to withdraw for the same reason as stated above for the U21s. Also in the squad is Chris Curran, released by United in the symmer and recently signed by Forest Green Rovers.
Who: Sam Johnstone, Will Keane, Ravel Morrison, Tom Thorpe
When/Where: UEFA Euro U17 First Qualifying Round vs Azerbaijan, Serbia, Kazakhstan (26-31/10/09, Baku, Azerbaijan)
More Info: The games don’t take place this international break, but we’ll include it in here anyway. These four were a big part of last year’s U16 squad for the Victory Shield and have all moved up to the next level. Full squad here.
Who: Tyler Blackett, Luke Hendrie
When/Where: Victory Shield opener vs Wales home (15/10/09, Yeovil)
More Info: Key parts of United’s U16 side, Kenny Swain has handed defender Blackett and midfielder Hendrie their first U16 callups for the first of three matches against the other home nations in the 2009 Victory Shield. Full squad here.