Two Kent schoolboy footballers have just received the news that they have been selected for this season’s Under 18 England Schools’ squad.
Michael Scott (Maplesden Noakes School, Maidstone) and Rob Carter (Kemnal Technology College, Sidcup) came through an extensive series of trials at Lilleshall National Sports Centre to maintain the excellent record of the Kent Schools’ Football Association in providing players for the England squad. Last season, three Kent players gained international recognition, including Chatham-based youngster Chris Smalling who, as a result of his performances for England Schools, was offered a professional contract by Premiership Fulham and is now on the verge of making his first-team debut.
The England squad will be training at Villareal during the February half-term, and will then have Centenary Shield matches against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, prior to completing their programme against France at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 13 th June.
John Coles, the long-serving manager of Kent Schools Under 18 squad, said “This is a real honour for Michael and Rob and for everyone involved in schools’ football in Kent. We have an excellent record at this level of providing players for England, and it demonstrates the importance of youngsters staying on at school to get qualifications and at the same time having opportunities to play football at a high level.”