Nottingham Forest youngster Arvin Appiah has been named in England’s Under-18 squad for their upcoming tournament.
The Young Lions are taking part in an eight-nation tournament, which gets underway on the 20 May. They have been drawn in a group with the host nation Slovakia, Russia and Mexico.
Neil Dewsnip announced his 22-man squad for the trip yesterday, and 18-year-old Appiah was included in it. He was named alongside a number of the Premier League’s most highly-rated youngsters such as Manchester City’s Rowan McDonald.
England’s tournament begins against Russia at the FC Vion Zlaté Moravce Stadium on 20 May, before they take on Slovakia the following evening. It will certainly be a physically demanding couple of weeks for Appiah and his teammates.
They will return to action against Mexico on the 23 May after a rest day. Then, to round off the tournament, they will take on either Croatia, Spain, Czech Republic or Ukraine on 24 May.
Appiah was one of four forward players named in the squad. The other three named were Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules, Everton’s Ellis Simms and Derby County’s Morgan Whittaker.
There’s no doubt that this will be a good experience for Appiah. It will stand him in good stead for next season at the City Ground. He has been heavily involved for England’s Under-18 side in recent years. They have won three out of their last four tournaments, and Appiah has played a key role.
Of course, these sort of tournaments are only useful if a player gets game time. But this doesn’t seem likely to be an issue for Appiah.
Dewsnip has already told the FA’s official site that he plans to utilise his entire 22-man squad. He said: “We’ve never taken part in this tournament before, it will be quite demanding as we have four games in a short amount of time.
“But we’re intending to use all players and it will be a great experience for them.”
The forward will head into this tournament full of confidence. He was given a number of first team opportunities by Martin O’Neill in the latter stages of the season.
He made seven appearances in total for the Reds over the season, and scored on his debut in the Carabao Cup against Burton Albion. Reds supporters will be hoping to can step up even more next season in the Championship.