Current & Former Apprentices In Action For England

By: Jack Wylie |
06/09/17 |

Sheffield Wednesday striker George Hirst was the star performer as a number of apprentices represented various England youth age groups during the international break.

The Owls teenager netted a hat-trick inside half an hour on his Under-19 debut as Paul Simpson’s side were rampant in recording a 7-1 victory against Poland.

Hirst opened the scoring just six minutes after the first whistle and added two more to his tally in the 25th and 27th to contribute to England’s seven goals in a ridiculously one-sided first-half.

Brentford stopper Ellery Balcombe kept a clean sheet before being replaced at half-time by Jake Turner (Bolton Wanderers), who conceded a 56th-minute consolation strike, while 17-year-old Tristan Nydam (Ipswich Town) played an hour on his second ever cap in the England youth ranks.

The Under-19s followed that result with a 3-1 defeat to Germany as manager Simpson rotated the starting line-up, with Ryan Schofield (Huddersfield Town), Josh Tymon (formerly of Hull City), Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) and Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) all being handed starts.

Former Sheffield United apprentice Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on target for Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21 team as they were held to a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The young forward latched onto a pass from Everton team-mate Ademola Lookman (formerly of Charlton Athletic) and calmly slotted home, although his opener was cancelled out 10 minutes later.

The Young Lions were much improved against Latvia in their second qualifier and earned their first victory under the leadership of new captain Joe Gomez (formerly of Charlton Athletic), winning 3-0 after former Birmingham City apprentice Demarai Gray broke the deadlock early on when he cut inside from the left and struck a terrific curling shot into the far top corner.

Elsewhere, a handful of former apprentices were involved for the Under-20s, including England debuts for Luton Town full-back James Justin and Bristol City’s Lloyd Kelly, who both featured in a 3-0 win against the Netherlands, followed by a goalless draw with Switzerland.

Meanwhile, the Under-18s were beaten 2-1 by South Africa, with Fleetwood Town second-year scholar Billy Crellin earning his first international cap as a half-time substitute.

Here is a list of all the apprentices past and present who appeared for the various age groups during the international fixtures:

Under-18s

Josef Bursik – Stoke City (formerly of AFC Wimbledon)
Billy Crellin – Fleetwood Town
Matt O’Riley – Fulham

Under-19s

Ellery Balcombe – Brentford
Ryan Schofield – Huddersfield Town
Jake Turner – Bolton Wanderers
Josh Tymon – Stoke City (formerly of Hull City)
Tristan Nydam – Ipswich Town
Flynn Downes – Ipswich Town
Ben Brereton – Nottingham Forest
George Hirst – Sheffield Wednesday

Under-20s

Aaron RamsdaleAFC Bournemouth (formerly of Sheffield United)
James Justin – Luton Town
Lloyd Kelly – Bristol City
Tayo Edun – Fulham

Under-21s

Dael Fry – Middlesbrough
Joe Gomez – Liverpool (formerly of Charlton Athletic)
Lewis CookAFC Bournemouth (formerly of Leeds United)
Demarai Gray – Leicester City (formerly of Birmingham City)
Ademola Lookman – Everton (formerly of Charlton Athletic)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton (formerly of Sheffield United)