Fleetwood Town are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Billy Crellin has been called up to the England under 18’s squad.
The 17-year-old becomes the first player in the club’s history to be called up to any England squad after a string of impressive displays for the Development Squad and under 18’s team.
Crellin – who is Fleetwood born and bred – has featured for Uwe Rosler’s first team in pre-season, and was part of the travelling squad that went on a week-long training camp in Austria. Last season he became the first player from the club’s new Academy to sign a professional contract with the Cod Army.
Town’s young stopper is named in Steve Cooper’s squad for the games against Brazil on Friday 1st September and South Africa on Monday 4thSeptember.
Andy Pilley said: “It’s a proud day for everyone at Fleetwood Town to have one of our young players called-up for England.
“Billy is a Fleetwood lad which makes it extra special for us all to have one of our own showing such promise and potential.
“The call-up is just the start for Billy, hopefully he can work hard and continue to develop, I look forward to him one day making his debut in our first team here at the club.
“It’s another milestone for Fleetwood Town and hopefully the first of many we produce who goes onto be recognised in this way.”
Dave Lucas, Goalkeeping Coach, added: “It’s a proud moment for Billy, his family and for myself too.
“He’s been like a sponge since he’s been with us – he just takes everything in and adapted to different situations in training and matches. His personal development has been great and it is evident that he wants to improve.
“His confidence is really and high and he is buzzing for the chance, it goes without saying we wish him all the best.”