Newcastle youngsters Adam Campbell and Gael Bigirimana have been named in the provisional England squad for the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup to be played in Turkey.
Gael Bigirimana – first call up by England
England U20 coach Peter Taylor has named a provisional 35 player squad for the competition in Turkey, to take place from 21st June to 13th July this summer.
England have never fared well in this competition and our best finish was fourth-place in 1981 and third place 12 years later.
Two years ago in Colombia, the England team qualified for the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams in the group stages – but we then lost 1-0 in the round of the last 16 to Nigeria.
This is Gael Bigirimana’s first call-up for any England Youth side, and demonstrates how much he has already improved since arriving from Coventry City last summer.
Adam Campbell – first call-up for England U20 side
Adam Campbell on the other hand has already played at the England U16, U17 and U19 levels.
There are big things expected of both Newcastle youngsters, and indeed Adam Campbell has been part of the match squad 18 for the last few games, and Gael has already appeared 25 times with one goal for the Magpies, which is not too bad in his first season on Tyneside.
This is the full England U20 squad:
Jamal Blackman (Chelsea), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United), George Long (Sheffield United), Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough), Jake Bidwell (Everton), Sam Byram (Leeds United), Donervon Daniels (West Bromwich Albion), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Michael Keane (Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Daniel Potts (West Ham United), Adam Reach (Middlesbrough), Jack Robinson (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Tom Thorpe (Manchester United), Ross Barkley (Everton), Gael Bigirimana (Newcastle United), Jake Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Coady (Liverpool), Larnell Cole (Manchester United), John Lundstram (Everton), Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Adam Campbell (Newcastle United), Max Clayton (Crewe Alexandra), Rob Hall (West Ham United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Long (Everton), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham City), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough).
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