Fleetwood Town are delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Billy Crellin has been called-up for England U17s World Cup squad.
Crellin – who made his debut for the Three Lions’ under 18s last month against South Africa – is part of a 21-man squad chosen by head coach Steve Cooper for the tournament which starts on 6th October.
The 17-year-old – who was born in Fleetwood –became the first player from the club’s academy to sign professional terms with the club when he put pen to paper last season.
England have been drawn in the same group as Chile, Mexico and Iraq, and Crellin and rest of his teammates will travel to India tomorrow in preparation for the tournament.
Chairman, Andy Pilley, said: “This is a hugely proud moment for everyone involved with Fleetwood Town Football Club, and the town as a whole. To have one of our own representing England at a World Cup is unbelievable and reward for all the hard work which has gone into our Academy in recent years.
“Billy is someone we have big hopes for at the club, and it’s great to see he’s been recognised with this call-up, he clearly impressed last month when he made his international debut.
“When you look at the names of the clubs players in the named squad have come from, it’s incredible to see Fleetwood Town alongside the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
“We all wish him well and hopefully he can come back to Fleetwood with a winner’s medal.”
England U17s schedule
Sunday 1st October: England v New Zealand (Friendly – 12:30pm UK time)
Sunday 8th October: England v Chile (12:30pm UK time)
Wednesday 11th October: Mexico v England (12:30pm UK time)
Saturday 14th October: England v Iraq (3:30pm UK time)