Nottingham Forest youngster Zach Abbott played for England under-16s on Tuesday as they opened their Montaigu Tournament account with a 1-1 draw against Holland.

England are joined in the tournament by Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Mexico and hosts France in competing for honours.

The tournament is a prestigious one and Abbott will hope to emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe who have played in the tournament previously.

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Abbott has been an important player for the Forest under-18s this season. He’s made 18 appearances for the Reds, helping them reach the FA Youth Cup Final.

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The talented youngster is playing for the under-18s despite only being 15-years-old and he doesn’t appear fazed by anything.

That is probably down to the work that is being done by Warren Joyce. He has a proven track record of giving bright youngsters the platform to succeed in youth football.

Abbott started his England debut at centre-back. He partnered with Tottenham defender Jayden Meghoma as the Three Lions earned a share of the spoils.

The starlet will hope to take this outing in his stride and he’ll hope to keep his place for England’s next match in the tournament.

Abbott looks set for bright Forest future

Recently Abbott was starring for the Reds as they beat Chelsea 3-1 to book their place in the FA Youth Cup Final. Now, he’s performing for England at a prestigious youth tournament.

The future looks bright for Abbott and the challenge to Forest is to continue helping him through the ranks.

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As a centre-back who can also operate at full-back, it seems as though he will get plenty of opportunities as he progresses at Forest.

At 15 it’s not quite known how he will develop just yet but it’s a case of so far, so good for the Forest youngster.

The immediate challenge for Abbott are to keep his England place. If he also help Forest claim the FA Youth Cup that would make for a great season.

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