Pair get Montaigu call

West Ham United youngsters Mathias Fanimo and Blair Turgott have been named in England's Under-16 squad for the prestigious Montaigu Tournament in France.

Forward Fanimo (pictured) and midfielder Turgott have been named in Kenny Swain's 18-man selection for the friendly competition, which will take place between Wednesday 31 March and Monday 5 April.

The schoolboys, both 16, have excelled for the Hammers this season, making regular appearances for Tony Carr's side in the FA Premier Academy League. The pair have been offered scholarships, and Carr is hopeful both have bright futures with the club.

England will take on Ukraine, Gabon and Japan in the group stage, with the winners advancing to face either France, Portugal, United Arab Emirates or Benin in the final on 5 April.

The Young Lions will kick-off their campaign against Ukraine on 31 March before taking on Gabon the following day before completing their group stage fixtures by meeting Japan on 3 April.

England have a fine recent record at the Montaigu Tournament, with West Ham striker Robert Hall helping Swain's team to a final victory over Germany a year ago.

Founded in 1973 and originally held between club sides, the Montaigu Tournament was first contested by international teams in 1976. England have lifted the trophy four times, in 1978, 2000, 2008 and 2009. They were also runners-up in 1986, 2001 and 2007.