England turn to Nouble

Frank Nouble has been named in the England squad for the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship to be played in France from next week.

The Hammers striker, still only 18, is part of an 18-man selection heading to Normandy for the finals, with the Young Lions looking to go one better than the team that finished runners-up last year in Ukraine. England are also hoping to add the U19 title to the U17 crown won back in May by a squad featuring Robert Hall.

Nouble, who was put through his paces by the club's medical staff at Chadwell Heath on Monday, is expected to meet up with the rest of the squad at the start of next week for a pre-tournament get-together at Warwick University. England will be based in Caen and will take on Austria, Netherlands and France in their group-stage fixtures on 18, 21 and 24 July respectively.

The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday 27 July, with the final due to be held on Friday 30 July. The other four nations involved in Group B are Spain Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia. The top six teams in the finals will also go forward to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia next year as UEFA's representatives.

Nouble played a full part in qualifying, helping the Young Lions see off Ukraine, Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He finished the last club season on loan at Swindon Town, having had a spell at West Bromwich Albion prior to that following a successful start to his career at the Boleyn Ground that saw him make his senior debut and play eight Premier League games.