Manchester United duo James Wilson and Ben Pearson have been chosen for the England U19s squad to face Estonia, Andorra and Switzerland in the Euro 2014 qualifiers.
Wilson was outstanding for United’s U18s team last season with many likening him to a young Ryan Giggs. Possessing a superb turn of speed and a great eye for goal, Wilson is hotly tipped to be a first team regular in the future.
Last season, Wilson hit the headlines after scoring five in a single match against Newcastle when he became only the fourth player in United’s history to do the feat.
Academy Player of the Year Pearson, who captained the U18s on numerous occasions last year, has been a regular in the England set-up and even captained the England U18s against Belgium in a friendly last season. Looking forward to this year, Pearson is expected to feature more prominently with Warren Joyce’s U21s after having such an impact with the U18s.
It’s fantastic for both players that they are moving up the ranks on the international scene. At such a young age, the more competitive football they can get under the belt, the more it will help their progression towards United’s first team.
The finals of the European Championship are being held in Hungary next July and there are also places for the 2015 U20 World Cup on offer, so it will certainly be a competitive tournament.