Sheffield United: Blades legend Robert Page says he "supports" David Brooks' decision to represent England rather than Wales in Toulon Tournament

Blades youngster David Brooks
Blades youngster David Brooks
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Robert Page, the former Sheffield United defender, admits he "supports" David Brooks' decision to withdraw from the Wales squad for the Toulon Tournament this month - and represent England instead.

Brooks was initially named in the Welsh 20-man squad for their first appearance in the prestigious Under-20 competition yesterday, but his withdrawl was announced at 11.49am. At 12 noon, he was named in the England squad.

The 19-year-old will spend next season on loan at Chesterfield as part of the deal which brought Ched Evans back to Bramall Lane, and Page - the intermediate manager of the young Welsh squad, who played over 100 times for United - admitted: "It's a frustrating part of the job with dual nationality players.

"But we'll support him in his decision."

Fellow Blades defender Rhys Norrington-Davies was also named in the Welsh squad, and has also withdrawn. A Wales statement read: "Rhys Norrington-Davies, Mitchell Clark and David Brooks have withdrawn from the Wales squad. Replacement call-ups will follow in due course."

“There are some excellent teams competing, and we have three tough games to start with," Page added, "but we will give a good account of ourselves and we are not there to make up the numbers.

“Toulon is now an opportunity for players to come into the squad and stake a claim for when the U21 qualifiers start in September.

“It’s a great tournament to be invited to and we can’t wait for the games to start now.”

England play their first game on May 29, against Angola in Aubagne, before their first-ever international meeting with Cuba in Salon de Provence three days later.

England return to Aubagne on June 4, to complete their group games against Japan.