England C – An Introduction

May 16, 2012

England C

Welcome to a new section on the site, dedicated to the England ‘C’ team. You may or may not be aware of such an entity, but the England C team was formed in 1979, and represents the semi-professional and non-league sections of the game. For players to be eligible, they have to be 23 or under at the start of the season, i.e. if a player turns 24 during the season, he is still eligible as he was 23 at the start of the season.

Fairclough with the Four Nations Trophy. Photo credit: thenonleaguepaper.com

They are currently managed by ex-Barnet manager Paul Fairclough, who took over in 2003. As you can imagine, with the restrictions regarding age and the non-league only representation, there is a high turnover of players in the squad, but it can be a springboard for players in their careers, with many going on to enjoy careers in the Football League. Notable former England C internationals include ex-Arsenal legend Alan Smith, Craig Mackail-Smith and Norwich City striker Steve Morison. David Stockdale, the current Fulham goalkeeper, has also worn the semi-pro Three Lions shirt.

There are not many ‘C’ internationals in a season, with Fairclough only overseeing two matches so far this season. There is one match left in 2011-12, against Russia in Moscow. Fairclough has named his squad, which can be found on the FA website, and has included eight new faces for the trip.

The team play their matches at various Football League and non-league grounds, so if they do roll up at a ground near you, get down and show your support.

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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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