Kyle gets England call to arms

Kyle Carey (photo: Mansoor Ahmed)

Kyle Carey (photo: Mansoor Ahmed)

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The sky’s the limit for Preston’s College ace Kyle Carey as he was one of 12 players selected for England duty for the forthcoming European Championships in Austria this week.

England Under-18s head coach Karl Brown is targeting at least a top-eight finish at the European Championships.

And Carey said: “Making the cut means a lot to me as it was one of my goals coming into the season.

“The main focus now is to win the European Championships and get promotion back to Division A.”

After suffering relegation from Division A last summer, England are aiming to make an immediate return, with the top three teams earning promotion.

England have been drawn in Group A alongside five other teams – Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Estonia – and need a top-two finish to make it out of the first round.

Three of those teams finished below 13th in Division B last summer, while Albania are competing in their first European Championships at Under-18s level.

“We want to finish as high as we can, and firstly progress into the next round so that we can make it into the top eight,” said Brown.

“It’s very important to make a good start.

“We play Poland in our first game who are probably the best team in the tournament.

“We will go in positive and just try to take it game by game.”

Carey, who has had a breakthrough year at the Fulwood-based campus, believes the team selected can get the job done.

“We got enough firepower to make the difference in this tourney and progress,” he
 said.

And although happy with making the squad that flew out to Austria this week, Carey has set his sights to more loftier goals.

“Next year I hope to make the Great Britain Under-20s squad but I’m taking things one step at a time as of now.” he added.

It’s been a fitting week for the eighteen year old as he also got hand-picked with his college team-mates Melkisedek Moreaux and Jonathan Joseph to star in the Deng Top 50 camp in London in August.

The Deng Top 50 is the UK’s foremost rising stars’ camp that invites 50 of the nation’s brightest talents to put their abilities to the test in a bid to be ranked the UK’s 
No.1.

It is run by Great Britain and NBA’s Miami Heat star Luol Deng.