Four Nottingham Forest Academy players have been called up to represent their countries in the next few weeks.Jake Mulraney (pictured) has been selected for Republic of Ireland squad for their Under 17 European qualifiers in Romania, with fellow Academy player Aaron Myles on standby. The Irish will play Sweden and Macedonia, as well as the host country.
Andreas Karo will be representing Cyprus in their Under 17 European qualifiers against Austria, Switzerland and the Faroe Islands.
Meanwhile, defender Kieran Fenton and left winger Ben Osborn have been called into the England Under 19 team for their qualifying group games against Estonia, the Faroe Islands and Ukraine.
Academy Director Nick Marshall said: “I took a call from England Under 19 manager Noel Blake yesterday afternoon and was delighted to hear of the call up for the two lads.
“Ben has been involved with England before, playing for the Under 18s at Crewe last season, so I’m pleased for him that he did enough to be considered again.
“On the other hand, this is Kieran’s first call up and for him to have never been in a squad at any level before, to then being called up for the Under 19’s in their European qualifying campaign is a mark of the improvement he has made this season.
“He came back in pre-season with the bit between his teeth and all the staff have been impressed with the way he has gone about his business.
“We are always telling the lads that talent plus a professional attitude is the only way they can achieve their goals and Kieran has had a great example of just how true this is.
“Everyone connected with the club can be proud we have four more Academy players representing their respective nations, joining the likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Dimitar Evtimov, David Morgan, Mathew Regan, Jack Blake, Lawrence Gorman, Aristote Amissi Kamaneno, Kieran Wallace, Wilfried Gnahore, Aaron Myles and Deimantas Petravicius who have already done the same.”
With games against Derby coming on Saturday (Under 18s) and Monday (Under 21), the Academy staff have a number of interesting selection decisions to make.
Marshall added: “To be honest the call-ups won’t affect what we’ve been doing much, already this season we’ve had Under 16s and 15s playing for the Under 18s and U18 and 17’s in the 21s.
“Apart from at Birmingham last Monday when we had a few senior players, the Under 21s line-up has largely been made up of Under 18s and 19s.
“Losing two players of the quality of Kieran and Ben won’t help, but we’d much rather have them playing for England and getting that experience, or in David Morgan’s case experiencing 1st team football elsewhere.
“It will just give opportunities to more players to move up and I’m sure we’ll have at least one more schoolboy making his debut for the youth team this weekend.”