Newcastle United will have three players in the national squad when England Under 18s travel to Russia for a double header this month.
United midfielder Dan Barlaser has joined Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong in the England party heading to Moscow for matches on 8 June and 10 June.
A regular for Newcastle’s Under 21 team, Barlaser has been converted into a central midfielder from out on the wing and his rise in performance has brought the England call.
Barlaser already has international experience but with the Turkish youth set-up, now he has been given the possibility of having to potentially choose in years to come IF he continues his progress.
The England squad will meet tomorrow afternoon to begin training in Surrey, before flyiingg out to Moscow on Saturday.
Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman had this to say to the official FA website:
“Dan (Barlaser) will bring some quality to the squad. As the manager says, there is a lot of competition within this age group and a lot of players to pick from. Dan has got his chance now.
“His range of passing is very good and he has scored a lot of goals from outside the box too, so he will be hoping to make an impact and show people what he can do. He’s a really nice lad and the boys will welcome him into the set-up.”
Changing position brings out the best:
“I think that move has really worked for him and he has played most of the games. He had a really good spell earlier this season and was rewarded with a pro contract at the club.
“He has also travelled with the first-team so he has got a lot of recognition for his performances in midfield and this is a good reward for him.”
Through the levels:
“It’s great for the club. There are a lot of good young players from the U16s all the way up and I know the academy have worked really hard with the likes of me, Dan, Arma (Adam Armstrong) and Rolando Aarons.
“It’s good recognition for the academy staff to have players on international duty and there is a lot more coming through. You look at the likes of Paul Woolston, who has just played for England at the U17s Euros, it is really good to see. I play and train with these lads and get to see their ability and it is nice to go away and be able to share an international moment with them.”