England U19 manager Noel Blake has chosen his 18-man group for the game against the Netherlands early next month, and Newcastle’s 18 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick is included.
Jak Alnwick – 18 year-old Newcastle goalkeeper
England U19s will play their first game of season in early September when they travel to the Netherlands. The England U19 side just missed out on a place in last season’s European U19 Championship Finals, by goal difference. to the eventual winners Spain.
England have received a bye through the European First Qualifying Round, and will now play in the Elite Round early next year.
England were beaten 3-0 by the Dutch last March, so it’s a good time to get even.
The England U19 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), Jak Alnwick (Newcastle)
Defenders: Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), Aziz Deen-Conteh (Chelsea), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Kieran Kennedy (Manchester City), Louis Laing (Sunderland), Bruno Pilatos (Middlesbrough), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea).
Midfielders: Chuks Aneke (Arsenal), George Thorne (West Bromwich Albion), Jordan Obita (Reading), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), Nico Yennaris (Arsenal).
Forwards: Benik Afobe (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Will Keane (Manchester United), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).
It’s interesting that on the England FA web site, they have Jak Alnwick down as playing for Sunderland.
Jak was at Sunderland before joining Newcastle and of course his brother Ben played for Sunderland before joining Spurs in 2007.
Jak was born in nearby Hexham, as was Fraser Forster of course, and his two football idols are goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Steve Harper.