Hammers goalkeeper Nathan Trott has been included in the England U19s squad for the upcoming UEFA European Championship next month.
The 18-year-old was a key figure for West Ham’s U23s last season and his form was rewarded by the national selectors in March when he was called-up for the three Elite Round qualifiers against Spain, Norway and Belarus.
The Young Lions won all three matches to seal their passage to the tournament in Georgia, but Trott had to settle for a watching brief on the sidelines.
However, his eye-catching displays for the Hammers PL2 group have seen him achieve his first major tournament call-up, with England set to open their campaign against Bulgaria on July 3, followed by two more group fixtures against the Netherlands on July 6 and Germany on July 9.
“It’s always a pleasure to represent England and it’s even more exciting to do so in a major tournament,” he told WHUFC.com
“I’ve had a great year and being selected in the Euros squad has made it even better. Hopefully I can impress the manager and get my first cap out there.”
Rising Hammer? Most if these youngsters end up playing in League One if they’re lucky, or out on loan to the likes of Barnsley, Bristol City or Preston! It’s time that Burke, Oxford, Cullen, Martinez, Browne and others played a part – however small – when there’s injuries, and suspensions instead of playing Antonio and Kouyate out of position or bringing in short term options like Arbeloa, Tore, Calleri and others whose contributions amounted to zilch.