Reserve team right-back Todd Kane has finally earned the right to call himself an England youth international after being called up to the Under-19 squad this weekend.
The 18 year-old first-year pro missed out on initial selection but has been given the nod by Noel Blake as an injury replacement and will join team-mates Nathaniel Chalobah and Jamal Blackman in the Three Lions’ team for the Limoges Tournament in mid October.
It is a much deserved honour for a young man who has had an outstanding twelve months, making the rise from fledgling first-year scholar to exciting reserve team prospect making a run at first team involvement.
Kane averages a goal every three matches from defence, although he does often feature further up the pitch in midfield, and grabbed a headed brace against Everton last Monday afternoon to take his tally to twelve goals in blue colours since signing scholarship forms in July 2010.
He has thus far been overlooked for international consideration despite some stellar performances and some less than convincing alternative selections in his position, but he has now been given the chance to show what he can do.