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Tuesday 14 May 2024
Northern Ireland U18s to take on England and Morocco

A Northern Ireland Under-18 team will face England and Morocco in international challenge matches next week.

They will be taking part in a Tri-Nations Tournament at St George’s Park, The FA’s National Training Centre in Staffordshire.

The Northern Ireland U18s will be managed by Gareth McAuley, the boss of the U19s team.

The FA is hosting next week’s tournament, which will provide an opportunity for players to stake a claim in the U19 panel ahead of the U19 Euros in July.

The U18s will train in England for a couple of days before facing England next Wednesday (22 May) at SGP (7pm).

Their second game is next Friday when they will face the Moroccans at SGP. Again it’s a 7pm kick-off.

McAuley has chosen a 22-strong panel for the two games at St George’s.

His squad includes two players who have been included in the Northern Ireland international set-up for the first time. They are Forest Green Rovers defender Isaac Hughes and Accrington Stanley striker William Procter.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers – Owen Grainger (Leeds United), Mason Munn (Rangers), Will Murdock (Manchester United).

Defenders – Tom Atcheson (Blackburn Rovers – pictured in action for Northern Ireland U19s against Czechia U19s back in November), Calum Moreland (Aston Villa), Callum Leacock (Linfield), Josh Briggs (West Ham United), Casey Smyth (Glentoran), Rhys Walsh (Sunderland), Aodhan Doherty (Linfield), Isaac Hughes (Forest Green Rovers).

Midfielders – Sam Anderson and Dylan Stitt (both Luton Town), Jack Doherty (Fleetwood Town), Francis Turley (Celtic), Cole Brannigan (Aston Villa), Cormac Austin (Crystal Palace), Max Wilson (Preston North End), Blaine McClure (Rangers), Callum McCay (Derry City).

Forwards – Braiden Graham (Linfield), William Procter (Accrington Stanley).