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Trott called up by England Under-20s

Nathan Trott, the West Ham United goalkeeper, has been named in the England Under-20 team that will defend their title at the Maurice Ravello Toulon Tournament, which starts on Saturday in France.

The Bermudian is one of two goalkeepers named in Paul Simpson's 21-man squad that are gunning for their fourth successive title and eighth overall.

The England Under-20s have been pitted in group A along with Portugal, Chile and Japan.

They will begin their title defence against Japan in Aubagne on Saturday before facing Portugal in Salon-de-Provence on June 4 and Chile in Fos-sur-Mer on June 7 during the group stage.

The winner of the group will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on June 12, with the final taking place in Salon-de-Provence on June 15. Play-off matches will also be held to determine placings.

“I'm really pleased with the squad we've got for the tournament,” Simpson said. “It's a new group, a real mix of ages and an opportunity for some of those who haven't been as involved this season to play international football.

“It's also a great chance for players to experience high-level tournament football, going through the processes of preparation, playing, recovering and then getting ready for the next game.

“This tournament is very prestigious and one that England have done very well in the past and our group will be looking to emulate what's gone before us.

“We're expecting every game to be tough and we know a number of the teams are coming with their Olympic preparation squads but these are the sorts of challenging opposition that we want our players to be facing for their development.

“In our group we're playing very different types of opposition. Japan's energy and technical ability will be a real test, Portugal are always a strong nation throughout the age groups and play very similarly tactically, while Chile will give us a chance to play a South American team which we don't get to do often.

“It's a challenge that we're really looking forward to and we'll be confident going into the games and looking to get through to the semi-finals.”

The prestigious Maurice Ravello Toulon Tournament is an annual competition for national teams with players aged 21 and under.

Trott made his debut for the England Under-20s against Holland in August 2017 and has been capped six times overall at that level and was also a member of the England squad that won the 2017 European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.

He made 12 appearances last season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, and also featured in the East London club's first-team squad on three occasions. He signed an initial 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016 which has since been extended twice until 2022.

The 20-year-old continues to make regular appearances for the club's under-23 team while working with Manuel Pellegrini's squad and looks set to be loaned out next season, according to reports in the English media.

Trott put another feather in his cap after earning the Premier League 2 Save of the Season Award for the second time in three years.

He received the honour for his superb save in a 2-1 win away to Liverpool last September playing for West Ham's Premier League 2 side.

Trott made a string of saves in the match to help his team bounce back from consecutive defeats against Manchester City and Arsenal in their previous two outings.

Kalam Mooniaruck, West Ham's head of academy coach development, accepted the award on the player's behalf during the Premier League Youth Development Conference hosted by Fulham this month.

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Published May 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm (Updated May 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm)

Trott called up by England Under-20s

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