In a one-off feature on the blog, I will be looking at which of our Academy players featured for their country this week and analyse their performances, please be sure to share and once again don’t be shy to leave your comments below.
Liverpool Under 21 attacking midfielder Cameron Brannagan played all 90 minutes in England Under 18s 2-1 defeat against Croatia at St George’s Park. Brannagan was heavily involved in England’s only goal as he nodded down the ball at the far post for Chelsea striker Alex Kiwomya to net it past Ivo Brbic from 12 yards in the 8th minute. The 17 year old from Manchester almost made it 2-0 moments later. After receiving the ball from Branden Barker, Brannagan composed himself as he curled an effort just wide of Brbic’s left-hand post. England Under 18s will next play Germany in April at Rotherham and the Liverpool youngster would be hoping to play some part in that game.
Liverpool Under 18 creative midfielder Sheyi Ojo came on as a 56th minute substitute for England Under 17s in their 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. He then played the full 90 minutes as England Under 17s drew 2-2 with Portugal Under 17s in the second game of their tournament in the Algarve. He then came on as a 51st minute substitute as England Under 17s lost 1-0 in their final game of their tournament against Germany Under 17s. Ojo didn’t create any note-worthy chances in any game as it was a very frustrating tournament for both player and country.
England Under 16 captain Tom Brewitt was an unused substitute for the Under 17s in their 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. The Liverpool Under 18 defender played 33 minutes in England Under 18s’ 2-2 drew with Portugal. He did captain the side before he was replaced by Dael Fry and presumably picked up an injury as he did not feature in the defeat to Germany days later.
Under 18 midfielder Alex O’Hanlon came on as a 60th minute substitute for the Republic of Ireland Under 19s as they lost 2-1 to Romania. The young Irishman played a major part in Ireland’s goal as he assisted their only goal of the game.
Following his assist on Tuesday, O’Hanlon earned a place in the starting line-up for Thursday’s game against the same opponents. O’Hanlon soon made it 2 assists from 2 games as he free-kick fell to Sam Byrne, whose header in the 42nd minute gave Ireland a 1-0 lead.
Like team-mate Alex O’Hanlon, Liverpool Under 18 centre-back Dan Cleary came on as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Romania but unlike O’Hanlon, Cleary played 45 minutes in the defeat.
After only playing the second half in the Romania defeat, Cleary returned to the starting line-up for the same fixture on Thursday.
Liverpool left back Jack Robinson is currently on loan at Blackpool where he is consistently starting in Barry Ferguson’s defence. This run of games earned him a starting place in England Under 21s’ 1-0 victory over Wales Under 21s’ on Wednesday. Robinson played all 90 minutes and created a chance for Norwich winger Nathan Redmond in the first half, but the young Canary could only fire his shot wide. Robinson is currently in the middle of serving a 3 match ban for Blackpool and will next feature in 3 weeks time so this 90 minutes will be valuable for him.
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