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).
Manager Paul Fairclough has named his squad for the crucial International Challenge Trophy match with Belgium next week. After taking just one point from their opening two Group A games, a win is vital if the team are to stand a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
There are three new faces in the squad; Ian Ormson of Stockport County, Aswad Thomas from Grimsby Town and Gateshead midfielder Josh Gilles. Fairclough has also recalled Sam Hatton of Grimsby Town. Hatton made his C debut in 2010 while at AFC Wimbledon, but has recently moved to Blundell Park and is therefore eligible again.
A win is crucial, but may not be enough, as an Italy victory over Russia in November would eliminate England anyway.
Here’s the squad in full, from the FA website. Head over to the site for the full story, along with an interview with Paul Fairclough.
Preston Edwards (Ebbsfleet United), Ian Ormson (Stockport County), Sam Hatton, Aswad Thomas (both Grimsby Town), Jamie Turley, Eddie Oshodi (both Forest Green Rovers). Simon Ainge (Guiseley), Lindon Meikle (Mansfield Town), Josh Gilles (Gateshead), Stephen Brogan (Guiseley), Keiron Forbes (Forest Green Rovers), James Vincent (Kidderminster Harriers), Kenny Davis (Braintree Town), Scott Spencer (Hyde), Andre Gray (Luton Town), Josh Wilson (Guiseley).
Following the match in Belgium, England head to Albania for the first time ever in October for a friendly.
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.
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.