A squad of 16 players and four staff head off to Le Havre in France tomorrow to defend the u17 trophy we won last year at the 27th International Youth Tournament hosted by ESMGO Gonfreville L’Orcher in Normandy.
We are drawn in a Group with the local hosts Gonfreville, French side USL Dunkerque and English side Charlton Athletic.
The other group contains Le Havre of French Ligue 2, Djunaska Streda of the Slovakian Premier league, plus top sides AS Monaco and Dynamo Moscow.
We play our first game on Saturday afternoon (5pm local time) v Charlton; then have two games on Sunday – 9am local v Gonfreville and 4pm local v Dunkerque.
We will then have a further two games on Monday, depending on where we have finished in the group, to decide the various final placings and final.
Head of Youth George Cairns leads a strong squad including Lewis Smith, just back from the UEFA u17 Finals Tournament with Scotland and u17 regulars Steffen Connelly, Liam Scullion, Leon McCann, Adam Douglas, u16s including Taylor Wilson and Charlie Reilly, and some of our u15s in Andy Winter, Marley Redfern and Jamie Hamilton.
We will have full match updates and pictures on twitter over the course of the weekend before flying home on Tuesday.