Yeovil Town have had three players included in England international squads and standby lists for the coming month. Of those one player will definitely be missing for a Glovers First Team fixture, whilst the other two will have to wait to see whether they make the final squads nearer the time.
First up is Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who is in the England Under 21s squad that will travel to FYR Macedonia and Greece. England play Macedonia on Friday 4th September and Greece on Tuesday 8th September. The end result is that Alex will be missing for Yeovil Town's home match against Swindon Town on Saturday 5th September.
This is McCarthy's first call-up at Under 21 level, and he is one of three keepers named in the squad that will travel, with Blackburn Rovers keeper Frankie Fielding and Watford's Scott Loach competing for the place between the sticks for both games.
England Under 21s Squad: Frankie Fielding (Blackburn Rovers), Scott Loach (Watford), Alex McCarthy (Reading, on loan to Yeovil Town), Ryan Bertand (Chelsea, on loan to Reading), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Michael Mancienne (Chelsea, on loan to Wolves), Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur), Micah Richards (Manchester City), James Tomkins (West Ham), Chris Smalling (Fulham), Miles Addison (Derby County), Lee Cattermole (Sunderland), Fabien Delph (Aston Villa), Fabrice Muamba (Bolton), Jack Rodwell (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, on loan to Watford), Freddie Sears (West Ham, on loan to Crystal Palace), Junior Stanislas (West Ham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), James Vaughan (Everton), Danny Wellbeck (Manchester United).
Secondly, Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has been named in a preliminary squad of 30 players for the FIFA U20 World Cup, which will be staged in Egypt between September 24th and October 16th. The squad will be cut down to 21 players by September 11th, so Obika will have to wait until then to see if he makes the final cut. His absence will obviously also depend upon how far England get in the tournament if he is selected.
England Under 20s Head Coach Brian Eastick explained that the squad of 30 players was to satisfy a bit of FIFA bureaucracy in advance of the tournament and that he had been confirming with each club that the player concerned would be made available for the tournament. The eventual squad that would head out to Egypt would be from 21 of those 30 players:
"We have to put an initial squad of 30 players into FIFA and we canít change that once itís done, so weíve got to make sure that those 30 players have a very realistic chance of going with us. We then narrow that down to a squad of 21 players and we want to take as strong a squad as possible for what will be a terrific competition for any young player to experience."
Lastly, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder/striker Ryan Mason is on the stand-by list for the England Under 19s squad that will play at home to Russia on September 8th at Shrewsbury Town's ground. At present this means that he is not in the squad, but may be called up if injuries move him up the pecking order. If he is called up, he should not need to miss a Yeovil Town fixture. One player with Glovers connections who is definitely in the squad is Leyton Orient winger Andros Townsend.
England Under 19s Squad: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa), John Bostock (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece Brown (Manchester United), Matthew Briggs (Fulham), Jordan Clarke (Coventry City), Nathanial Clyne (Crystal Palace), Nathan Delfouneso (Aston Villa), Ryan Donaldson (Newcastle United), Wesley Foderingham (Fulham), Scott Malone (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Matthew James (Manchester United), Dean Parrett (Tottenham Hotspur), Nile Ranger (Newcastle United), Declan Rudd (Norwich City), Cameron Stewart (Manchester United), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur - on loan at Leyton Orient), James Wallace (Everton), Sanchez Watt (Arsenal).
Congratulations to all three players, and we'll obviously keep an eye on whether Obika and Mason's listings turn into actual call-ups for the relevant games.
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