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England Chance for Academy Keeper

Clarets' teenager Joe O'Shaughnessy gets call for England selection camp

22 June 2017

Academy goalkeeper Joe O’Shaughnessy has staked another claim for England honours as he looks to continue his progress with club and country.

The Clarets’ teenager has been called up to attend a four-day ‘selection camp’ for the England Under-15 side.

He will join a group of the country’s leading prospects – under the guidance of England under-15 team boss and former Fulham, Barnsley and Wycombe midfielder Kevin Betsy - for a pre-season training get-together in Loughborough from 31 July-3 August.

 O’Shaughnessy’s selection follows his attendance at an England Under-14 training camp at St George’s Park towards the end of last season and confirms his recognition as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in the country as England look to select an Under-15 squad for the coming campaign.

Burnley Academy Manager Jonathan Pepper said: “It’s great recognition for Joe and for the Academy and can only help raise the profile of what we’re doing here.

“I’m sure he will keep his feet on the ground and keep working hard. He’s highly thought of by the staff at the Academy and will hopefully be with us for the long term.”

Warrington-based O’Shaughnessy, 14, joined the Clarets from Wrexham last year and has been offered a two-year scholarship deal at Turf Moor from his 16th birthday.

He is currently part of the Clarets’ under-18 set-up and will train with the full-time scholars on day-release from school next season, as well as attending twice-weekly Academy sessions and potentially playing weekly for the under-16s.

Craig Mawson, Burnley’s Academy Head of Goalkeeping, said: “He’s a good lad who wants to learn and if he fulfils his potential there’s no reason why he can’t progress through the age groups with us.

“This is another step on the road for Joe and we wish him well.”


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