Newcastle United – England call on teenage Thompson
Teenage goalkeeper Max Thompson has been called up by the England Under-18 team for two matches in Marbella this month.
The 17-year-old Little Benton Academy product has been selected for matches against Norway and Russia on the Costa del Sol.
New coach Ryan Garry’s side will face their Norwegian counterparts at the Marbella Football Center on Thursday October 7 (kick off 4 p.m. local time) before facing the Russian youth at the same venue at 3 p.m. local time on Monday October 11. .
Thompson was named to the Newcastle United first-team bench for friendlies against York City and Doncaster Rovers in the pre-season, and has trained with Steve Bruce’s side regularly this term.
He made it to last weekend’s game at Watford and although he was not included in the day’s squad he took part in the pre-match warm-up with Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie and goalie coach Simon Smith.
Thompson – one of three goalkeepers for England’s Under-18 squad – made his Magpies Under-23 debut in November and was part of United’s Under-18 squad which reached the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season.
England’s full Under-18 team for the matches against Norway and Russia are: Jack Hall (Sheffield Wednesday), Charlie Setford (Ajax), Max Thompson (Newcastle United), Harvey Araujo (Fulham), Elijah Campbell (Everton), James Clarridge (Nottingham Forest), Brodi Hughes (Chelsea), Jadel Katongo (Manchester City), Rico Lewis (Manchester City), Joshua Robinson (Arsenal), Zak Sturge (Brighton ) & Hove Albion), Samuel Braybrooke (Leicester City), Lewis Hall (Chelsea), Samuel Mather (Manchester United), Jack Wells-Morrison (Crystal Palace), Michael Olakigbe (Fulham), Silko Thomas (Chelsea), Charlie Webster ( Chelsea)), Oakley Cannonier (Liverpool), Zak Emmerson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Daniel Gore (Manchester United), Sonny Perkins (West Ham United), Jude Soonsup-Bell (Chelsea).