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Lucas hails proud day following Crellin call up

24 August 2017

Fleetwood Town goalkeeper coach David Lucas says today is a proud day after young keeper Billy Crellin was called up to the England under 18’s squad.

17-year-old Crellin has been named in the squad to face Brazil and South Africa, after a string of impressive displays for the club’s Development Squad and under 18’s.

Lucas – who himself won five caps at the same level for England 22 years ago – puts Billy’s call up down to hard work and dedication.

“It’s a proud moment for Billy, his family and for myself too,” said Lucas.

“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.”

Crellin featured for the first team in pre-season, as well as going away for a week-long training camp in Austria ahead of the new campaign.

“Nothing is guaranteed, but you get what you deserve in this life. He has great principles to ensure he gets the maximum out of his potential,” added Lucas.

“Billy came to us straight from school and really is from the grassroots of the game.

“His dad was a goalie at local level and has given him a great base to go from which has given has stood Billy in great stead.”

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