Oxford selected in England U17 squad

Reece Oxford has been selected in the Young Lion's European Under-17 Championship squad
Reece Oxford has been named in the England U17 squad as they look to retain the European Under-17 Championship in this summer’s tournament in Bulgaria.

The highly rated centre-back, who can also play in midfield, captained the Young Lions during their qualification campaign, recording a 100 per cent record throughout. 

Oxford capped off a string of impressive performances with the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Slovenia in March. 

Having qualified for the European Under-17 Championship, John Peacock’s men have been handed a tough group which will see them play Holland, Italy and Republic of Ireland, starting with the Azzurrini on Tuesday 7 May.

Speaking after learning of England’s fate, the sixteen year old, who is expected to continue wearing the captain’s armband, said: “It’s a very tough draw, almost as hard as it gets but I’m still looking forward to the tournament. It’s a very proud moment when I captain my country.

“We know they will be hard games but we’ve got a good squad. If we play to our best I think we can do well.” 

The tournament starts on Monday 6 May with the final scheduled for Friday 22 May. We will have updates on England’s progress throughout the tournament across our platforms. 
The full England squad:

Goalkeepers: Paul Woolston (Newcastle United), Will Huffer (Leeds United)

Defenders: Danny Collinge (Stuttgart), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), James Yates (Everton), Jay DaSilva (Chelsea), Tayo Edun (Fulham)

Midfielders: Trent Arnold (Liverpool), Daniel Wright (Sunderland), Herbie Kane (Liverpool), Tom Davies (Everton), Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Holland (Everton), Chris Willock (Arsenal)

Forwards: Layton Ndukwu (Leicester City), Stephy Mavididi (Arsenal), Ike Ugbo (Chelsea)