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Reece Wilkes scores for England's Under-15s in their win over Scotland

19 February 2024

Academy

Reece Wilkes scores for England's Under-15s in their win over Scotland

19 February 2024

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Young Fleetwood Town midfielder Reece Wilkes was called up to the England Under-15s team last week and played two matches over the weekend for the Three Lions.

Wilkes – who joined Town’s Academy at the age of seven – had a weekend to remember as he wore the famous white England kit for the first time and scored on his debut against Scotland in a friendly match.

The attacking midfielder featured twice for England over the course of three days, with the first being against Scotland’s Under-15s at St. George’s Park, with the Young England side winning the game 3-1 thanks to a goal and assist from Wilkes – who took his goal superbly well with a first time shot following a pull back from the winger.

After 45 minutes on the pitch, he was rested for the remainder of the game, however that wasn’t the end of his time on the pitch as he then played 60 minutes on Sunday against Belgium in another friendly match.

The 15-year-old is part of the Category Two Academy at Fleetwood Town - he played alongside many Category One players from Premier League Clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Wilkes was the only player present attached to a club outside of the Premier League and Championship. He became the fourth player in seven seasons for the FTFC Academy to feature for the Three Lions – testament to the academy’s ability to develop young talent.

Jack Higgins, Academy Manager at Fleetwood Town said on the news:

“We at Fleetwood Town are all incredibly proud of Reece’s achievements this weekend. To be selected to represent your country at any age group is a dream come true for all children who enter our Academy. 

It was great to have our staff attend both games too, and great credit must especially go to the coaches that have worked with him, Mike Hall, Ash Moreau, Andy Lyons, Phil Clarkson, Ryan Taylor and especially Sam Staunton-Turner, who has been a big part of his education with us. Again, it highlights the type of programme we offer at Fleetwood Town that a young boy can join us at pre-Academy and be developed within our system and look at home with players who have had similar amount of contact time at, with respect, top Category 1 clubs.

Reece has made a lot of people proud this weekend, none more than his parents, who deserve great recognition and have supported him all the way throughout his time with us. However, he’ll understand more than anyone that this is hopefully the first step of many towards a future career in the game.”

Congratulations Reece, here's to many more in the Three Lions shirt.


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