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England Call For McNeil

Clarets winger part of Under-20 squad for France tournament

28 May 2019

Dwight McNeil will get his first taste of tournament football after being named in England’s Under-20 squad for the ‘Toulon Tournament.’

The Clarets’ winger has been included in a 21-man squad for the Maurice Revello Tournament in the south of France, which England will be looking to win for a fourth successive year.

Paul Simpson’s side has been drawn in a group along with Japan, Portugal and Chile.

The tournament, which is in its 47th year, runs from 1-15 June with three group winners and the best runner-up going into the semi-finals.

England face Japan on 1 June, Portugal on 4 June and Chile on 8 June.

McNeil’s call-up follows an outstanding first Premier League season for the 19-year-old, who started 19 top-flight games for Sean Dyche’s side.

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The former Academy youngster, who also weighed in with three vital goals, received his first England selection in March, making his Under-20 debut in a friendly against Poland at St George’s Park, where he also trained with the senior squad.

England boss Simpson said: “I’m really pleased with the squad we’ve got for the tournament.

"It’s a new group, a real mix of ages and an opportunity for some of those who haven’t been as involved this season to play international football.

“It’s also a great chance for players to experience high-level tournament football, going through the processes of preparation, playing, recovering and then getting ready for the next game.

“This tournament is very prestigious and one that England have done very well in in the past and our group will be looking to emulate what’s gone before us.

“We’re expecting every game to be tough and we know a number of the teams are coming with their Olympic preparation squads, but these are the sorts of challenging opposition that we want our players to be facing for their development.”

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Ellery Balcombe (Brentford), Nathan Trott (West Ham United)

Defenders: Jayden Bogle (Derby County), Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea), Max Lowe (Derby County), Tom Pearce (Leeds United), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Sam Field (West Bromwich Albion), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Josh Sims (Southampton), Joe Willock (Arsenal)

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

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