Ephraim named in England squad

West Ham United youngster Hogan Ephraim has been named in the England squad for next week's crucial UEFA European Under-19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round.

The 19-year-old striker recently returned to Upton Park after a loan spell at Championship side Colchester United, where he made 21 league appearances and scored one goal as the Essex-based side just missed out on the promotion play-offs.

England take on Russia, Holland and Czech Republic for a place at the finals in Austria and the matches will be played in Walsall on 15 May, Coventry on 17 May and Northampton on 20 May.

After playing seven games this season without defeat, the young Lions go into the tournament filled with confidence, but coach Brian Eastick says that the competitive matches will be a different kind of test.

"Although being undefeated against good opposition such as Holland, Spain, Italy and Turkey friendly games are different to playing competitive Tournaments", he said.

"We are faced with three matches in six days against excellent opposition in Russia, Holland and Czech Republic with the winners going to Austria in July for the European Finals.

"This season we have been very fortunate to play in front of some excellent crowds, in some cases capacity at the likes of Walsall, Crewe, Bournemouth and Doncaster. The players really appreciate your support and in that sense you can play a big part by getting behind the players and making it a really good atmosphere to play in."

Tickets are priced at £3 for adults in advance (£5 on the night)/£1 for concessions/group discounts on TheFA.com

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