• Barlow called up for England under-17s for the first time
  • O’Connor to captain Republic of Ireland under-17s
  • Gomes misses out through injury

Two of Manchester United’s under-18s’ most impressive players this season, Aidan Barlow and Lee O’Connor, will represent the club at the under-17 European Championships.

The Euros begin on May 3rd with Barlow receiving his first call-up for England’s under-17 set-up just in time for the tournament. O’Connor, meanwhile, who was United’s youngest player at the Dallas Cup, will captain the Republic of Ireland as he has done throughout the qualifying campaign.

O’Connor joined from Waterford last summer. The 16-year-old did suffer an ankle injury at the Dallas Cup in the first game, and played no further part in the tournament, but Academy Man Utd understand that he will be fit enough to play a part in Croatia, though it will be a late fitness test.

While Barlow has deservedly received his first call-up for England, it’s a disappointment for Angel Gomes. The 16-year-old has captain the Young Lions through the majority of the qualifying campaign, but is still injured. In the final training session before flying to Texas for the Dallas Cup, he picked up a knock and is still suffering from that a few weeks later.

Barlow, though, is in flying form ahead of England under-17 debut which is expected to come at the tournament. After netting a brace in the under-18s’ 5-2 win against Reading last Saturday, Barlow now has nine goals in his last six games.

In the periods of injury or international duty for Gomes, Barlow has really made his mark in that number 10 role for Kieran McKenna’s side, and the two will push each other on to improve next season.

Republic of Ireland under-17 fixtures – Lee O’Connor

May 4th | Serbia 15:30 Republic of Ireland (Eurosport)

May 7th | Republic of Ireland 15:30 Bosnia & Herzegovina (No TV)

May 10th | Republic of Ireland 11:00 Germany (Eurosport)

England under-17 fixtures – Aidan Barlow

May 4th | Norway 13:00 England (Eurosport)

May 7th | England 13:00 Ukraine (No TV)

May 11th | England 15:00 Netherlands (No TV)