Everton trio called up for U19 Euros

6 July  13 Comments  [Jump to last]
Jonjoe Kenny, Callum Connolly and Ryan Ledson have all been called up by England for this month's U19 European Championships in Germany

England will face Croatia, France and the Netherlands in the group stages.

 

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Trevor Powell
1 Posted 06/07/2016 at 19:41:49
Well done lads, fly the flag for the Toffees!
Anthony Dwyer
2 Posted 06/07/2016 at 21:30:31
Brilliant.
Steavey Buckley
3 Posted 07/07/2016 at 13:30:05
These 3 young lads would have been better off staying with Everton during their pre-season in their attempt to catch the eye of the new manager. From what I have seen from the seniors playing for England, it is not a good career move for any player playing for England at any level.
Phill Thompson
4 Posted 07/07/2016 at 13:59:48
The timing of this tournament is pretty poor, but the chance of playing at such a level in such a tournament outweighs the negatives.

All 3 have been part of this set up through the ages and have grown each year, this is a chance to pit themselves against some of the best youngsters in Europe and learn even more about themselves. It will firstly be tough to get in this side, then interesting to see where they play Callum Connolly – he could be in midfield or a full back.

The downside is they will see Dowell and Walsh training with the first team, but it shows how tough it is to get in the England squad if those two haven't made it.

Shane Corcoran
5 Posted 07/07/2016 at 14:21:16
Steavey, they're going to compete against the best players of their age in Europe and to proudly represent their country.

Your 'bad career move' comment is ridiculous.

Steavey Buckley
6 Posted 07/07/2016 at 14:30:27
These 3 young Everton players would have better footballing opportunities by playing and training with better senior Everton players than playing with the England Under-19s.

If any of those 3 players don't make the Everton squad this season, they will probably be loaned out to League One or Two, so playing for the England Under-19s would be fruitless in such circumstances at the moment.

Shane Corcoran
7 Posted 07/07/2016 at 15:21:13
Steavey, they'll be back in a couple of weeks. It gives Koeman or some of his staff an opportunity to see them playing competitively at their current age group.

If he likes what he sees, then he can promote them to whatever level he sees fit.

Steavey Buckley
8 Posted 07/07/2016 at 15:35:01
The first priority of any young Everton player is to be a part of the Everton first team. Funes Mori could have played for Argentina in the Olympic games, but he knows it was more important to be of a part of Koeman's plans from Day One.

Even being a couple of weeks away, these 3 young players with the England Under-19s will be in catch-up mode with their contemporaries. While playing for England can damage a young player's career, Sterling, Kane and Alli all had very poor Euros.

Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 07/07/2016 at 15:54:15
Funes Mori is already in the first team squad.

Would you feel the same about U-16 players going away to play with their country?

Is it just playing for England that damages young players or is it any country? What do Kane's and Ali's poor Euros have to do with anything? They had a good season and rightly made the squad for the Euros. What has them playing for England done to damage their careers? Do you think it's all downhill for them now after a poor tournament?

Rooney had a great Euros when he was 18 and went on to be successful.

I'm struggling to see any logic in your argument other than you don't want Everton players to play for their country.

Steavey Buckley
10 Posted 07/07/2016 at 16:14:14
Shane, it has often been stated on ToffeeWeb by Everton fans, that playing for Everton is far more important than playing for England at any level.

Pre-season is the most important part of the season as Everton players prepare for another season. Deulofeu is captain of the Spanish Under-21s, but that has no bearing on him getting into the Everton first team.

Shane Corcoran
11 Posted 07/07/2016 at 16:28:22
Steavey, some Everton fans don't even like football, they just like Everton so of course the selfish and short termist fan wants Everton players to play exclusively for Everton.

We'll agree to disagree that lads of 18 years should stay around and maybe or maybe not train with the first team instead of playing for 2-3 weeks against the best their age group has to offer.

Steavey Buckley
12 Posted 07/07/2016 at 16:37:36
Shane, when I was a kid, I used to dream of playing for Everton. Playing for England never dawned on me.
Shane Corcoran
13 Posted 07/07/2016 at 16:43:11
I well believe it, Steavey, but I've no idea what that has to do with three lads being picked for their country.

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