Three barred from Under-19 international

THREE England Under 19 starlets will miss Wednesday's international at Oakwell after breaking a curfew this weekend.

Monday, 15th October 2007, 10:58 am
Updated Monday, 15th October 2007, 11:01 am

The trio, Chelsea duo Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand, and Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, were all sent home by England Under 19 coach Brian Eastick ahead of yesterday's 6-0 win over Romania at Glanford Park.

It means the three will not figure in the final European Championship qualifying group game against Belgium at Oakwell on Wednesday (7.45).

The FA stressed that the misdemeanour of the trio did not go beyond breaking the curfew imposed by Eastick but the breach of the code of conduct was enough to see all three ordered from England's training base in Leeds and back to their clubs.

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Sinclair is probably the most high profile player of the group, having made a big impact on loan at Plymouth last season and he has already played for Chelsea this season, scoring in the Carling Cup against Hull City.

Carroll, once a target for Sheffield Wednesday, is on loan at Preston and figuring in the first team. Bertrand is on loan at Oldham.

The win for England yesterday - coming on top of Friday night's 5-1 win over Iceland at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium - means England have already qualified for the elite qualifying stage out of which will come the finalists for next year's UEFA Under 19 Championships which are in the Czech Republic.

Belgium beat Romania 4-0 in their opening fixture at York City on Friday.

Entry for the Oakwell game is 3 for tickets purchased beforehand and 5 on the night.

Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga was in the Wales team that lost 3-1 in Cyprus in the Euro 2008 qualifier - a result that finally confirmed Wales cannot qualify.

Goalkeeper Nick Colgan was on the bench for the Republic of Ireland in their 0-0 draw with Germany in Dublin, a result which keeps Ireland's faint qualifying hopes alive.


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