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International Preview: U18 Players To Watch

This week, the U18 Premier League takes a break as players head off to represent their countries in youth internationals. Here are some U18 Premier League North talents to look out for over the international break.

England U19s:

The UEFA European Under-19 Championship winners begin their title defence as the group stages qualifiers for the next Euros get underway.

Simon Rusk has named his first England U19 squad since taking charge which includes two U18 Premier League North regulars.

Manchester United winger Sam Mather and Stoke City goalkeeper Tommy Simkin have both been called up for the Young Lions for their ties with Georgia and Montenegro and Denmark.

Mather has made a bright start to the season playing a key role in United’s attack and has an assist to his name. He has impressed staff at United with his performances and has already featured in Premier League 2 this season.

Simkin regularly fluttered between the U18 Premier League and Premier League 2 for Stoke last season and has made a strong start to the season so far including a clean sheet against Derby County.


James BeadleBrighton and Hove Albion U1819
Tommy SimkinStoke City U1820
Joseph WhitworthCrystal Palace U1820


Luke ChambersLiverpool U1819
Lee JonasLiverpool U1819
Ben NelsonLeicester City U1820
Ashley PhillipsBlackburn Rovers U1818
Adam WhartonBlackburn Rovers U1820
Sonny PerkinsWest Ham United U1820
Rico LewisManchester City U1819


Omari ForsonManchester United U1819
Isaac MabayaLiverpool U1819
Divine MukasaWest Ham United U1816
Samuel MatherManchester United U1819
Ben ChriseneAston Villa U1820
George HallBirmingham City U1819
Sammy BraybrookeLeicester City U1820
Lewis HallChelsea U1819
Oakley CannonierLiverpool U1820
Darko GyabiManchester City U1820


Kian PennantLeicester City U1820

England U18s:

Neil Ryan’s England U18s will compete in the Pinatar mini-tournament in Spain over the international break with six U18 Premier League North stars being called up.

Liverpool winger Ranel Young and a Manchester City quintet consisting of goalkeeper True Grant, defender Max Alleyne, midfielders Jacob Wright and Nico O’Reilly as well as forward Joel Ndala.

The standout in this strong bunch of young internationals is Joel Ndala. Ndala has had an incredible start to the season with five goals in all competitions and has scored in every game he has featured in at U18 level this season.


True GrantManchester City U1818
Luca GunterTottenham Hotspur U1819
Tommy ReidBrighton and Hove Albion U1819


Lino SousaArsenal U1819
Kane TaylorManchester City U1819
Max AlleyneManchester City U183
Sai SachdevSheffield United U181
Dominic BallardSouthampton U183


Joel Tshisanga NdalaManchester City U1818
Jobe BellinghamBirmingham City U1818
Bobby ClarkLiverpool U1819
Kobbie MainooManchester United U1819
Jacob WrightManchester City U1818
Leo CastledineChelsea U1818
Will AlvesLeicester City U1819
Nico O’ReillyManchester City U1819
Amario Cozier-DuberryArsenal U1819


Jamie DonleyTottenham Hotspur U1819
Ranel YoungLiverpool U181

Other key stars:

Ben Doak, Liverpool- Doak’s incredibly impressive start to the season has been rewarded with a call-up to Scotland U21s at just 16 years old. He will be hoping to make his international debut at this level in Scotland U21s’ friendly double-header with Northern Ireland.

Trent Kone-Doherty, Liverpool- The young forward has been called up for the Republic of Ireland U17s. Kone-Doherty has scored three goals so far this season and will hope to continue his form in Ireland U17s’ friendly double-header with the Netherlands.

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