TyneMet pair Dan and John selected for national football squad for remainder of season

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TWO borough footballers are celebrating after securing a place with an England squad.

TyneMet Football Development left back John Grey and striker Dan Young are in the British College’s England squad.

They attended a final training camp at Coventry City Academy where the final 33 players in the country were put through their paces by the national coaching staff.

Both players will now be part of the England squad fixture programme for the remainder of the season, including games against Australia in January, a training camp and match against New Zealand in February and an international tour planned for later in the season.

It is the second year running that TyneMet has been successful in getting players to make progress to the national squads.

The national team is supported by an extensive network of college-based staff, and in 2011-12 England Colleges Football scouts will be appointed and deployed across all of the college divisions.

Professional club scouts, US university scouts and non-league club scouts also regularly attend fixtures, providing a great platform for players who impress to progress further in football.

Neil Baistow, head football development coach at TyneMet, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by the two players who are both extremely committed to the football programme at college and do an excellent job of balancing their playing and studying commitments.

“TyneMet was one of only two colleges who had more than a single player selected which highlights that we are providing players with a quality football experience and with the mix of right player they can go onto receive international recognition.”