18 Year Old Jak Alnick In England U20 Squad

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).

34 comments so far

  • mr.lubricant

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #1


  • P.I.

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Well done to the lad. Wish him the best of luck. No doubt we’ll sell him to Liverpool for a profit in the next few years.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    well done to the yong lad.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Good Luck to him ANOTHER good Keeper with Krul,Forster etc…

    But its a shame he is the only youngster ot feature in any U21/U20/U19/U18/U17 (I believe) which that is a little shame we dont have more in the Youth squads

  • ToonTiote

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    And Pardew insists he will think long and hard before giving anyone the chance to join such illustrious company.

    “The number nine shirt is equally important,” explained the manager. “I will leave the number nine as late as I can.

    “I know just what that shirt means to this football club, but there will be a few contenders who could wear that shirt and do it justice.

    “It is an important shirt and I might think of giving it to a player who doesn’t get weighed down by it. I will have to assess the characters of the players to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

    What do use think of this then he got player lined up for a transfer to give the shirt or he got someone in mind in Newcastle squad now for the No.9 shirt? Am not sure but some reason a think Ben Arfa will get it ano Benni is a No.10 type of player plus with the role he is going be playing but some reason a think he is going be handed it.

  • gorskino10

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Heard that once the Clichy deal goes through for 7M they will bid for Jose Enrique for 7M as his replacement.

    Hope not 🙁

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    another good keeper Wow but we only have 1 spot for a keeper in a starting 11 but it seems that we are good in producing quality keepers

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done lad.

    Maybe a loan move for him to bring him on?

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ll repost it here, though, well done to this lad, I hope he becomes a great player in the future, that way in so many years we haven’t spent a single penny on Goalkeepers.

    This is THE most frustrating place to be, ever. Everytime I come here to check out the comments, all you guys EVER do, is slate Ashley.

    What for? Why is he stupid? Why is he a bad owner?

    He sure has made his mistakes in the past, we all know that, but are you seriously saying you do not like this new financial set-up? If you guys ever read what MA said when he put the club up for sale a few years back, you’d realise he was being completely honest and you guys should see that.

    You guys all want ‘dream’ signings. Let’s say we sign N’Zogbia for £12 million. Then that’d be around 60k a week in wages, a 2-3 million signing on fee, then over the course of three years, it will easily cost over £20m if not £30 million for him. You guys do not see this money. You all think. We deserve £35 million in transfer fee’s.

    You guys are pretty much all oblivios to the way football is run. We have spent more than a total of £0 this summer already. Let’s say all the players we’ve got so far have had a £2 million signing on fee. Then you’ve suddenly bumped up the cost we’ve spent. Infact. It’d mean we have spent quite a lot of money.

    I think you guys need to open your eyes, and understand if we buy purely players in the ‘official’ fee, and it adds up to £35million, you’re forgetting that over 3 years, and including signing fees, they’d cost over £70 million. Is that what you guys want? You want more debt, you want more flops?

    Not only that, but we have 2 months of this window left and you guys are already complaining. It’s all about patience yet you just want. ‘I WANT MY SIGNINGS NOW’ Business isn’t like that, it never has been, never will be. We have a good two months left yet, so you are in no position to fault Ashley, and even if we don’t spend much more, I’m very happy with our current squad, as long as we get a good striker in.

    You guys are so frustrating. I don’t even know how most of you can call yourself true fans.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I Thought only Free agents got signing on FEES, not the ones who who were bought

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    CBA to get involved in the money matters again, NO-ONE is going to agree on this issue.

    So anyway here’s a controversial one, Bendtner anyone? Arsenal want to sell him, he is young, got plenty of self belief, I think given the right club/playing time he could be quality. Arsenal tend to stick him on the right for some reason. If its true we bid for him in Jan I would take him now. Him and Ba upfront would be class.

  • gorskino10 @ 4 agreed, it seems a shame that our ever improving academy of youngsters do not seem to included in the squad except for Alnick. Nvm though.

    ToonTiote, we have no idea who’ll get the shirt atm, it could be used to lure someone to the club or maybe the player is already at Newcastle, your guess is as good as mine.

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Bendter is a good player, I rate him quite highly, but sometimes his attitude is a little low, so I think it could be a risky one personally.

    And all players have agent fee’s and signing on fees regardless of whether they’re a free signing or not, at least that’s what I seem to think.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #14

    if enrique does leave,i hope he goes to arsenal.
    certainly dont want to see him, sign for liverpool.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    A deadly tictac

    Re post

    This is going to sound bad, but got to compare us to Sunderland, or at least the Ashley & Quinn anyway.


    he is honest with the fans, even when it’s not what they want to hear, ie come to the games and stop watching at pubs. He stated that he was willing to re-invest the Henderson money, which IMO he has done. He is a trust worthy bloke and is deserving of a better club and fans.


    bought the club, tried to be one of the lads, drinking/standing in the crowd. Sacked KK and became unpopular (rightly or wrongly). He then went in a huff, through his teddy bear in the corner and went into self destruct mode with the fans (the people who keep the club afloat). He has tried to sell the club on numerous occasions, then states he wants to make the club a success. Ashley treats fans as if they are idiots, which they are not (apart from the odd nutter).


    Honesty, wether it be good news or bad is always the best policy in the long run. If fans trust the owner/chairman/manager, they are in a better place with the club and will continue to bleed black and White.

    Mike, get a grip or get out, you do not deserve the club and fans that you have.

  • barryvenison

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #16

    PSG have just bid 13.5 million pounds for Adel Taarabt, could be good news for our pusuit of Erding?

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #17

    psg bid 13.5 million for adel tarabat.

  • ToonTiote

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Yer time will tell who will get No.9 shirt.

    PSG bid 13.5m for Taarabt he aint worth nothing like that over priced players again lol

    Hope Enrique turns them down if he look at Arsenal thou yer there a BIG club but are they going anywhere? Selling Nasri Fabregas Clichy and maybe others I just hope he looked at the big picture of it and stay with us.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19


    stealing,my exclusives,i need to type faster.haha

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #20

    whats this king shola day,all about,on twatter.lol.????

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21


    I agree, I dont want to see him at Liverpoo coz then I would just have to hate him!

  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Grumpy, every business makes his fair share of mistakes, and Ashley is still here despite everything, and truth is our financial state is going to head in a good direction in the years to come, whilst paying £13 million for an unproven 18-year old, is a complete risk I don’t think we should be doing. We got Ben Arfa for what was around £7million, he was out all last season, but he is world class. People like him were a risk, but they are bargains, we have world class players in the likes of Tiote and Ben Arfa, and we don’t need to invest £35 million in transfer fees this summer. You guys would rather see the money been splashed out rather than us running a good financial model. If you guys could choose between Tiote and a £20 million defensive midfielder signing last year, you’d all of chosen the higher costing player because it sounds better, even though Tiote has been nothing short of a revolution since his arrival. You guys are too quick to jump on his back. It’s because of Ashley this club isn’t doing a Leeds.

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #23


    aye m8,i feel the exact same.if he goes to liverpool,hes a mug.

  • Geordielad76

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #24

    hello all

    I gotta say the comments from ghervio today made me laugh, what is he talking about lol

    “I chose Arsenal because it’s a young group within which I will be able to integrate easily,” Gervinho told France Football magazine. “I could develop more over there. There’s only a few details left to sort out.

    “[Is it] a risk? Not at all. I’m going to Arsenal to play. The best risk to take is to look to score goals and to play a lot. In football you have to take risks if you want to win. I’m going to Arsenal to win.”

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25



  • blockhead

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    After having read all of the posts from the last few blog items I am confused. Quite a few people are complaining that no money has been spent yet. You are craving the big money signings that we used to be famous (or infamous) for. You want more communication and more statements from up top. Lets just take a quick look at how that might work.

    Pardew – We are going to buy Cabaye, Carr has done great work here and we reckon we can get him for less than £5 mil. He is worth more and is a French international.

    Then we are gonna bid for N-Zogbia, Erdinc and Taylor, We reckon we can get Taynlor for about £1 mil, again, more great work from Carr, its a good job no other teams know about this.

    We have offered Marveaux a contract, hopefully we will snatch him from the scousers, but shush, we don’t want them to make him a better offer.

    The fatman has said on top of this we will have £25 mill to spend on transfer fees, now lets see if I can get us some more good deals, hopefully no teams will up their prices just because they know how much money we are spending.

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    A deadlytictac

    Mike Ashley is still here because he can’t sell the club, not out of choice. My fear is that is trying not to spend, so that he can cut his losses and sell

    With regards to whickham, I would place sturridge in the same bracket and would definitely take a risk with him.

    It’s not just the money mate, it’s the trust.


    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    a lot of my mates are gooners and they dont rate bendter at all, he thinks he’s the dogs danglies and would not be good in the dressing room.

    also, he’s lazy and expects everything handed to him on a silver plate. spoilt obnoxious t*t… hell, he’s engaged to some scandinavian royalty.. he thinks he’s better than everyone and the likes of arfa at al will just put his nose out of joint because he wont be able to come close to those cats


    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #29

    first day… they’ll be a french derby in the premiership!

    gonna be an awesome game… so many players with so much to prove… elts hope arsenal lose glichy, nasri cesc, (and they can sign enrique if he wants to go… he’ll be on the loosing side) and whoever else and we whoop their sorry asses


  • aDeadlyTicTac

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m well behind Ashley, he’s not done a thing wrong as of late.

    I’d take a risk with Sturridge, but I wouldn’t with Wickham. Sturridge has the tiniest of PL experience, but he showed true class with Bolton, whilst Whickham I think is more of a risk. I’m not saying it’s a totally bad move, but for so much money, you’ve got to be sure. And also because of the inflated prices. We could probably pick a player like Sturridge abroad for 4-5 million.

    He got death threats, what did you want him to do? Continue feeling in danger everytime he goes to a match? If you were getting death threats, you’d be scared, and you’d try and sell the club too. He isn’t trying to cut his losses, he’s said before he doesn’t want Newcastle Debt-ridden. And that as long as he’s in charge, we’re not making the huge risks like Owen, and having them sit on our bench eating up the wages.

    NUFC is looking up, I don’t know how people still slate Ashley when the transfer window has just opened.

  • Geordielad76, does that make his signing for Arsenal official then?

  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #32

    @26 Blockhead

    LOL, spot on! I truly believe the club is keeping their cards as close to the chest as possible – we will see new signings. Keep the faith!


  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #33

    A deadly tictac

    I can sympathise with Ashley over the apparent threats, obviously we do have a few idiots who do more harm than good. Ashley has a very long way to go to gain the fans trust, only time will tell. I also agree that English talent is over priced at the moment.
    But I would say that nufc fans invest a lot of time and money backing the club and are deserving of better investment. If Ashley spent all of the 35 million, he would still be making a huge profit from club sales/advertising and tv rights. Let’s not start making him out to be a poor victim who is losing his money, because I can assure you he is not.

  • Caisleann Nua

    Jul 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    A lot of people seem to think we lack depth in the squad. In reality we lack a decent medical staff the amount of injuries we seem to have season after season is phenominal. Consider this 2 players for every position not including youth players would represent a squad with good depth. Right now we have:
    GK- Harper/Krul/Forster no problems there
    RB-Simpson/Raylor- Not good enough for any of the teams above us both solid back up not reliable week in week out
    LB-Enrique/Ferguson-Best left back in the league and a more than able deputy with real potential.Hope he stays if not has to be replaced with a quality international left back. Naylor is not needed he will only stunt Fergusons development because lets face it ferguson is not going to see much time on the left wing this season. Naylor is being lucked at as Enriques replacement whether they denie it or not its obvious its how the club operates buy young cheap etc.
    CB-Collocini/Saylor/Williamson/Kadar-Where not to bad at centre back i think given a full pre season together Saylor/Collocini will be a very solid partnership
    both know where the net is aswell although sometimes not there own. I do think we need one quality CB if we could get samba he’d be brilliant will Collo. Doubt that will happen though
    DM- Tiote/Gosling- I think where solid here assuming Goslings Fitness is not going to be an issue longterm. I do think one more young hungry DM is required with Tiotes love of all thing yellow and who better to learn from than Mr T.
    CM-Barton/Cabaye/Guthrie-No immediate need to splash on this position plenty of youngsters vying for recognition in the middle of park, let it develop for at least season see if someone can step up and challenge.
    RM-LuaLua/Mehdi- We really don’t have a natural Established RM we need to strengten here or at least give the lad a chance.Believe me Mehdi is a winger not a DM as is being Touted he can tackle though.
    LM-Guttierrez/Marveaux- Nothing wrong with that Marveaux’s a flyer believe me he’ll do serious damage this year and you can’t double up on him and leave the Space for Benni to Exploit that link up will be critical this season if it fires as it should we’ll be capable of beating any team in league again all down to keeping both fit and happy.
    AM-Ben Arfa/Vuckic- Where not flush will players here and Vuckic is completey unproven i probably shouldn’t include him but i think he’ll either make it or break it this season. Would love to see Ryad Boudebouz in the Black & White he has Silky Skills born to play at St.James park.
    CF-Ba/Best- Both of these guys are capable of playing at the top level but consistency is and issue for both there confindence players.We need to get new NO.9
    capable of 20+ goals a season. Erdinc/Sturrigde/Gervinho are not the answer over inflated values for players who have ability but not the prolific scoring touch Sturridge scored 8 in 12 jugde him over 38 lot of players have got 8 in 12 and then dried up Zaki is a prime example at Wigan at while back would you take him now? Everyone wants these guys because because there rumoured to be on the radar. Look at the foreign Leagues there’s plenty of Talented Strikers out there. I’d go all out for Benzema if Ben Arfa loves newcastle united he’ll bury the hatchet and then they bust the net together all season long. Hulk is quality but i honestly believe Benzema is more realistic as he not exactly in favour at Madrid. With all the Frenhies we’d a decent shout nothing to lose in trying.

    Any players i’ve left out (not including youth players)are not worth keeping they did the job in the championship but we need to progress and there just not good enough. If we invested in the area i’ve mention i truly believe we’d have a great chance of europe.
    This is my first post so enjoy hope it makes sense.


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