An Under-19 Everton squad head to Germany

03/08/2023 1comment  |  Jump to last

An Everton Under-19s squad travel to Oberndorf, Germany today to face a selection of international opponents at the 2023 Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Cup, with four teams from Germany, and one each from Italy, Spain and Denmark.

The squad of youngsters selected for the trip led by Under-18s Head Coach Leighton Baines is:

1 George Pickford  (2006)  
2 Roman Dixon  (2004) 
3 Jack Butler  (2005)  
4 Odin Samuels-Smith  (2006)  
5 Bradley Moonan  (2006)  
6 Jack Patterson  (2005) 
7 Jacob Beaumont-Clark  (2005) 
8 Jenson Metcalfe  (2004)  
9 Martin Sherif  (2006) 
10 Isaac Heath  (2004)  
11 Francis Okoronkwo  (2004)  
12 Douglass Lukjanciks  (2007)  
14 Daniel Maher  (2005)  
15 Aled Thomas  (2006) 
16 Harrison Armstrong  (2007)  
17 Callum Bates  (2005)  
18 Matthew Apter  (2005) 
19 George Finney  (2007)  
20 Harvey Foster  (2007)  
21 Joshua Van Schoor  (2006)  

In a condensed format, the young Blues’ first game of competition sees them take on Mainz on Friday evening (5:30 pm BST), before playing Roma on Saturday afternoon (12:45 pm BST), and then Freiburg (5:15 pm BST) on Saturday evening. Matchdays will be streamed live on the tournament's YouTube channel.

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Everton youngsters have played in this competition previously, in 2015 and 2016. If they can progress past the group stage, they will compete in the semi-finals, and potentially the final on Sunday.

The tournament’s other group is made up of Schalke, Stuttgart, Palmeiras and Midtjylland.


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 03/08/2023 at 10:42:08
This looks to be a pretty stern test with Everton selecting players from a range of different levels in the Academy, so a wide range of ages, experience and development.

As Leighton Baines observed, "Along with first and second-year scholars, there'll be four lads from the Under-21s: Roman (Dixon), Frankie (Okoronkwo), Jenson (Metcalfe), and Isaac (Heath).

“For some of them, as first-year scholars playing against potentially a good level of first-year pros, it'll be challenging. There will be a lot of learning, for sure.”

Douglass Lukjanciks is a 15-year-old schoolboy goalkeeper.

With Shalke as one of the four German teams, it will take Everton finishing in the top two of their group in order to progress and have a chance of playing against Danny O'Neill's other team – which could be an interesting comparison of the academy systems that he has commented on a-plenty!

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