Date published: Wed 25 Apr 2018
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux
Over the Easter holidays Whitgift had a number of footballers on international duty. Lucas Defise was called up (again) for the Belgium U17 squad, where they faced the Czech Republic in Prague. Lucas performed very well, playing for 65 minutes in a comprehensive 5-0 away win. There are high hopes for the 16-year-old to be selected for the forthcoming European Championship Finals. Congratulations to Lucas who has recently also signed professional scholarship forms with Southampton FC.
Year 9 pupil, Fionn Mooney, received his first call-up for the Republic of Ireland U15s, who also played Czech Republic, this time in Dublin. Fionn played well in the 2-1 victory, but unfortunately came off injured after 60 minutes.
Fellow Upper Third Form pupils, Jadan Raymond and James Sweet, travelled with the Wales U15 squad, to Belgium, to play in the Tri Nations tournament versus the home nation and Switzerland. Both boys started the matches but the Welsh side was unable to secure a victory.
Last term, Old Whitgiftian and Charlton FC player, Daniel Bowry, was selected to play for the Antiguan national football team. Training in Antigua was followed by friendly matches in Barbados and Jamaica. The 19-year-old’s team won against Bermuda 3-2 and drew 1-1 against Jamaica. The matches are in preparation for CONCACAF’s new Nations League competition (comparable to UEFA’s Nations League) which starts in September this year.
Fellow alumni, Jamal Musiala, currently with the Chelsea FC Youth squad, was called up for the German U15 national side to participate in a training camp and also by England U15s again. Unfortunately, the 15-year-old dual citizen had to withdraw due to injury.