Young West Ham United defender Jordan Spence has been
called up to the England Under-17 squad for an international
tournament next month.
Spence has been selected by coach John Peacock for February's Algarve Tournament in Portugal, which will see the Under-17s take on some of the best sides in Europe.
The tournament will be the first opportunity to look at how the players have been developing over the past few months before selecting the squad that will take part in the Elite Round of qualification for the UEFA Under-17 European Championship in March.
In this friendly tournament, England's first match will be against the hosts Portugal on Saturday 17th February. They then face France on Sunday 18th February, before meeting Germany in the final game on the following Tuesday 20th February.
England have been pitted against Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Azerbaijan in the Elite European Championship draw, with the qualification round starting on March 23 in Bosnia.
The 18-man squad:
Ben Amos (Manchester United)
Moses Barnett (Arsenal)
Liam Darville (Leeds United)
Tom Elliott (Leeds United)
Jonathan Franks (Middlesbrough)
Henri Lansbury (Arsenal)
Joseph Mattock (Leicester City)
Victor Moses (Crystal Palace)
Rhys Murphy (Arsenal)
Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Chelsea)
Nathan Porritt (Middlesbrough)
Daniel Rose (Leeds United)
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town)
Jordan Spence (West Ham United)
Jason Steele (Middlesbrough)
Tom Taiwo (Chelsea)
Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)
Michael Woods (Chelsea)
For more information on the England Under-17s squad, visit: www.thefa.com