Academy youngsters receive England call for September friendlies

Academy starlets Jamal Baptiste, Sonny Perkins and Jacob Knightbridge have received call-ups to their respective England age groups ahead of the forthcoming international break.

Baptiste, who has continued to excel both with the U23s and with the first-team group this season, will link up once more with the England U19s, who have friendly fixtures scheduled against Italy U19s and Germany U19s.

The 17-year-old was part of the U19 group that last met up in May, after a stellar 2020/21 campaign that saw him make his first-team debut against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup.

Led by the newly appointed England U19s coach Ian Foster, Baptiste will be looking to make a positive impression at St George’s Park and build on his prior successes with England U18s.

Elsewhere, attacking midfielder Sonny Perkins and goalkeeper Jacob Knightbridge receive their maiden call-ups to the England U18s squad following excellent starts to the new season as part of Kevin Keen’s West Ham youth team.

Perkins has played for England U16s previously, and began the season with a perfect hat-trick in the recent 3-1 victory over Reading in the U18 Premier League South.

Young stopper Jacob Knightbridge has shared a similarly bright start to the current campaign, dovetailing his time between Dmitri Halajko’s U23s squad and Keen's U18s whilst in Claret and Blue.

Both Perkins and Knightbridge will join up with Paul Williams' squad for a sole friendly against Wales.

You can follow the progress of all three youngsters across the international break on

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