Three Lancashire lads are hoping to fire England to glory in this year’s Under-18s Centenary Shield.
Ryan Charnley, Michael Hampson and Charlie Russell are in the English Schools’ FA’s squad for the annual tournament which sees them play Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Hampson, 17, from Preston, is a student at Myerscough College, and was on target as England got off to a winning start. They beat Wales 2-1 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground last Friday, Hampson netting their opening goal.
Also starting that game was 17-year-old Charnley, who hails from Preston and was on North End’s books as a schoolboy.
The striker now plays for AFC Fylde after being in their academy.
In the build-up to the Centenary Shield, Charnley found the net in friendly games against Australia and the RAF Under-23s side.
Midfielder Russell is a student at Myerscough College.
England’s next game is against the Republic of Ireland at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate ground a week tomorrow.
They travel to Belfast to take on Northern Ireland on April 4, then on April 11, Blackburn’s Ewood Park in the venue for their final game against Scotland, kick-off 7pm.