Paul Fairclough has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Jordan’s U23 squad. The game is the final match before the International Challenge Trophy kicks off against Slovakia in May. Jordan’s senior side are currently ranked 65th in the FIFA World Rankings, so their under-23’s are sure to give Fairclough’s Three Lions a stern test.
Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town lead the way, with both clubs having two representatives in the sixteen man squad. Last time out, England came back from two down to claim a fantastic 2-2 draw with Czech Republic U21 at Woking’s Kingfield Stadium. Fraser Franks scored with four minutes to go, and James Norwood equalised in the fifth minute of stoppage time to claim the memorable draw. Norwood now has four goals in three caps, and will be confident of adding to that tally in Amman.
The full squad is as follows:
Daniel Lloyd-Weston (Hereford United)
Andrew Coughlin (Wrexham)
Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers)
Fraser Franks (Luton Town)
Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town)
Jack Holland (Bromley)
Michael Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers)
Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town)
James Armson (Nuneaton Town FC)
Luke Berry (Cambridge United)
Jake Gallagher (Welling United)
Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet)
Elliott Frear (Salisbury City)
Jake Hyde (Barnet)
Andre Gray (Luton Town)
James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers)
The squad will fly out to Jordan on Sunday, March 2nd, with the game taking place on Tuesday, March 4th.
England C registered a hefty 6-1 victory in their latest friendly in Bermuda, with debutant James Norwood firing a second half hattrick. The Forest Green striker, brought on at half time, nodded in a cross from Luton’s Andre Gray just eight minutes into the second half to open his account, and score England’s third of the night, before adding two more, including a penalty.
England started the game well, going two goals ahead in the first twenty one minutes through Antoni Sarcevic opening the scoring, before Marlon Jackson scored a penalty. The hosts did reduce the deficit on the stroke of half time through John Barry Nusum, but it was manager Paul Fairclough’s substitutions at the break that really changed the game. Gray, who took over the captaincy, and Norwood were joined by Mitchell Walker, Chris Stokes and Dan Bradley, and it was the Luton winger who stole the show, despite Norwood’s treble.
Not only did he provide the assist for Norwood’s first goal, Gray scored the final goal himself, having earlier won a penalty which Norwood scored to complete his hattrick. It was a comprehensive win for the team, and a fine way to sign off for the season.
England C: Preston Edwards (Mitchell Walker 46), Ryan Jackson, Fraser Franks, Anthony Acheampong, Mickey Demetriou (Chris Stokes 46), Harry Beautyman, Johnny Hunt, Antoni Sarcevic (Dan Bradley 46), Sam Clucas, Marlon Jackson (James Norwood 46), Andy Cook (Andre Gray 46).