Good news today that Newcastle’s 18 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has been named in the England Under-20 squad for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will take place in Colombia in July and August.
Jak Alnick – talented young goalkeeper
The youngster is Tottenham and former Sunderland goalkeeper Ben Alnick’s young brother, and he will link up with the squad on July 14 th.
The squad will then come over here to to Denver, Colorado in the USA, for a 10 day training camp to prepare for the tournament.
England will then move to Medellin, in Colombia (is that safe?), where they will open the tournament against Korea DPR on Friday, 29th July and they will also play Argentina and Mexico in their Group F matches.
Alnwick, who like 23 year-old Fraser Forster, was born in Hexham, is a very good young goalkeeper, and has already played many times for the Newcastle Reserve side, and he is an England U-18 International.
Jak turned 18 only last month so it says a lot about his talent that he is in the England U20 squad already.
His brother Ben also played for every one of the England Youth teams including two appearances for the England U21 side.
England coach Brian Eastick talked about his squad:
“We are taking some of the younger players who we think have got a good chance of progressing through our system in the next few years, from the Under-19s and Under-20s, into the Under-21s and then hopefully the seniors,”
“So there are a few of the younger development players in there, but it will be a tremendous experience for them to go to Colombia and play against some of the best players and teams in the world in front of some huge crowds in a completely different environment.”
“They will all come back better players for that experience and I know that the staff are looking forward to it from a learning point of view as well.”
Newcastle beat Sunderland to the youngster back in September of 2008, so the lad has been at the Tyneside club almost three years now.
Here’s the full England squad:
Goalkeepers: Jak Alnwick (Newcastle United), Jack Butland (Birmingham City), Lee Nicholls (Wigan Athletic).
Defenders: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), Ben Gordon (Chelsea), Jack Robinson (Liverpool), Adam Smith (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Wabara (Manchester City), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool), Scott Wootton (Manchester United).
Midfielders: Reece Brown (Manchester United), Gary Gardner (Aston Villa), Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), George Thorne (West Bromwich Albion).
Forwards: Benik Afobe (Arsenal), Nicholas Ajose (Manchester United), Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic), Alex Nimely (Manchester City), Ryan Noble (Sunderland), Matthew Phillips (Blackpool).