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City trio shine for England u18s

City trio shine for England u18s
City trio Brandon Barker, Ash Smith-Brown and Angus Gunn have been shining on the international stage for England u18s.

They were all selected to represent the Three Lions in two friendly fixtures against Hungary, staged at St George’s Park.

It was a first call up for City u18s winger Brandon, and the Manchester-born 16-year-old made a dream debut, grabbing an assist for his country.

All three City representatives won starting berths in the first of the two fixtures and gave a good account of themselves as England ran out 2-1 winners.

Both Brandon and Ash also came off the bench in the second fixture, in which England ran rampant with a 4-0 victory. The duo were both eager to add a fifth – Brandon produced an excellent solo run down the left, while Ash, traditionally a full-back or defensive midfielder, fired a shot over the bar.

You can hear from all three about their experiences in our exclusive interviews on Wednesday.

England u18

There was also good news on the EDS front, with defender Shay Facey called up to represent England u19s for their crucial European Championship Qualifiers.

The City man made an impression from the bench during a 1-1 draw with Slovenia and was rewarded with a starting place in the 7-0 demolition of Andorra on Saturday and in Tuesday's vital 1-0 win over Switzerland. 

England's narrow victory means they qualify for the Elite Stage of the competition, held in Hungary next year. 

Meanwhile, EDS centre-back Jason Denayer has completed all 180 minutes as Belgium u19s aim to book their place in the European Championships.

Comfortable 2-0 wins over Northern Ireland and Iceland should prove valuable experience for Jason when he returns to league action with the EDS.