England ‘C’ braced for Turkey clash

England ‘C’ manager Paul Fairclough is set to name a strong side on Tuesday for the International Challenge Trophy semi-final clash with Turkey.

Fairclough’s men will take on their opponents in front of a packed house at Princes Park, with all allocated tickets sold by the Blue Square Bet Premier outfit.

Looking ahead to the clash, Fairclough told the FA website: “Every game is like a Cup Final for this England C team because of the level of opposition we are coming up against.

“This is a really tough competition. We are not facing semi-professional players from other countries, we are facing their ‘B’ teams or their Under-21 sides.

“The Turkey squad we will face is essentially their Under-23 squad so we know it’s going to be a really good challenge.

“I have watched their last two games and I have been impressed with what I’ve seen.

“They are a very, very good technical team and their shape is really interesting. It will give our players experience of coming up against a different formation and style of play than maybe they have faced in the past.

“However, I know I have got a very good group of players to call upon and I’m sure they will give a very good account of themselves.”

England ‘C’ squad in full:

Preston Edwards – Ebbsfleet United

Sam Mott – Welling United

Ryan Jackson – Macclesfield Town

Aswad Thomas – Grimsby Town

Jamie Turley – Forest Green Rovers

Eddie Oshodi – Forest Green Rovers

Simon Ainge – Luton Town

Lindon Meikle – Mansfield Town

Josh Gillies – Gateshead

Kenny Davis – Braintree Town

Keiron Forbes – Forest Green Rovers

Rossie Jarvis* – Cambridge United

Sam Wedgbury – Macclesfield Town

Scott Spencer – Hyde FC

Andre Gray – Luton Town

Christian Jolley – Newport County

* replaced James Vincent of Kidderminster Harriers

Posted: Tuesday , February 05, 2013