Easton and Otley students set to wear three lions on their shirt
13 December 2018
Easton and Otley College students have scored a brace of places in the England Colleges Football Association National team for the 2018-19 season.
Sonny Carey from Hellesdon and Owen Murphy from Felthorpe attended trials in London and Sheffield before securing a spot in the 20 man squad.
The Easton and Otley College sports students will now travel to St. George’s Park on the 12 and 13 December 2018 to meet up with teammates for a training camp and they will also take part in a match against an Independent Schools FA side.
In 2019, they will play a series of home International matches before travelling to Italy later in the year to participate in a tournament against opposition from the host country (Italy), Albania and Romania.
The 17 year olds started out playing together locally before being picked up by the academy at Norwich City Football Club (NCFC) at the age of seven.
Currently, Sonny plays for Wroxham FC and Owen plays for Dereham Town FC - both are still keen to play at the highest level possible.
Sonny – who has also had trials with Cambridge United FC, NCFC (again) and Oxford United FC in recent weeks, said, “This is very exciting and I’m looking forward to it. It felt really good to be selected and playing for England will be something that I can tell the grandchildren. “
Owen, who has had trials with Doncaster Rovers FC, Peterborough United FC and Stevenage Borough FC, after being released by Norwich at the age of 13, said, “Our coaches told us that the likes of Nick Pope and Anthony Pilkington have played for the England Colleges representative team in the past so this will be a chance to put ourselves back in the shop window.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and it will be a proud day for me and my family when I represent my country,” he added.
Both youngsters are keen Canaries fans and members of the NCFC Community Sports Foundation (CSF) shadow squad who are educated at the college’s Easton campus.
Norwich City CSF Shadow Squad Football Coach and former Norwich City FC first team player, Ryan Jarvis, said, “Sonny and Owen’s work ethic and application towards training over the last 18 months has been outstanding. This has led to consistent performances with us and their club sides. Both players have fantastic ability, but it’s their desire to always keep improving which is so pleasing to see. It will be a great experience and opportunity for them. I know they will make the most of it. Representing your country at any level is something to be proud of.”
Extra-curricular sports manager at Easton and Otley College, Sophie Hansell, said, “We’ve had a great year for sport at the college but it’s always extra special when students get picked to represent their country. Naturally, we are very proud of their achievements. We’re looking at how we can best support them in their studies whilst still allowing them to pursue their sporting dreams.”
Sonny and Owen will be following in the footsteps of a Harry Whayman – a former Easton and Otley College student who played for the England College National Football Team in 2016-17.