We had Ryan Donaldson playing the full game and scoring for the England U19 side against Slovenia in their recent 3-1 win, and we have two other youngsters starring for their side in European qualification and scoring too.
17 year-old Brad Inman – scored two goals for Scotland
Now it’s Australian Brad Inman and Irishman Shane Ferguson on target in Monday night’s games.
Brad Inman was playing for Scotland, and he scored his second in two games, when Scotland thrashed Armenia 6-1 to book their place in next year’s Elite Round of qualifying ahead of next summer’s finals in France. England has also qualified already for those Elite rounds.
Brad is currently playing for Scotland because his mother was born there, and it’s a lot closer to Newcastle for the games than Australia, that’s for sure, but don’t be surprised if Australia come calling for this Adelaide born youngster shortly.
And the 17-year-old was also among the goal-scorers last Saturday as Scotland beat Romania -0, so like England they won their first two games and have already qualified for the next round. They now finish their qualifying with a game against hosts Austria on Thursday.
17 year-old Shane Ferguson – scored 2 goals for Northern Ireland
And Northern Ireland International Shane Ferguson also scored his second goal of the qualifying tournament with a free-kick as Northern Ireland beat hosts Sarejevo 4-0.
Also included in the The Northern Ireland side was Newcastle youngster Patrick McLaughlin, and Michael McCrudden was an unused substitute in that game, and the side is also guaranteed a place in the next round.
Only Slovenia and Haris Vuckic unfortunately did not qualify for the next round of matches.
So our youngsters will soon be busy again representing their countries in the Elite Qualifying rounds of the European U19 tournament.