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McNeil Gets England Nod

First international recognition for Clarets teenager

5 October 2018

Dwight McNeil has earned his first England recognition after breaking into the senior set-up at Turf Moor.

The teenager has been placed on the stand-by list for England’s under-20 squad and will spend the early part of next week training with the national team.

The Under-20s, coached by former Preston and Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson, play Italy at AFC Fylde next Thursday night before they go to the Czech Republic on Monday, 15 October.

McNeil may not be involved in the games but his invitation as a training player is fitting recognition for the 18-year-old winger and the progress he has made with the Clarets.

McNeil, who joined Burnley’s Academy in 2014 after leaving Manchester United, made his first-team debut as a late substitute against Bournemouth on the final day of last season.

He then signed a first professional contract at Turf Moor in the summer and has been part of Sean Dyche’s senior squad since then.

McNeil’s full debut came against Olympiakos in the Europa League qualifiers in August before the Rochdale-born midfielder started his first Premier League game against Manchester United at the start of September.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Boreham Wood, loan from Brentford), Aaron Ramsdale (AFC Bournemouth), Nathan Trott (West Ham United)

Defenders: Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town, loan from Chelsea), Jay Dasilva (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), Tom Edwards (Stoke City), Reece James (Wigan Athletic, loan from Chelsea), LLoyd Kelly (Bristol City), Tom Pearce (Leeds United), Easah Suliman (FC Emmen, loan from Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town, loan from Sunderland), Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion), Ronaldo Vieira (Sampdoria), Joe Willock (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion), Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers), George Hirst (OH Leuven), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal), Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)

Training players: Ben Wilmot (Watford), Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town)

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