Nya Kirby helped England’s under-17 side to a 100% record in their three European Under-17 Championship Elite Round qualifiers over the past week to reach the finals in Croatia this summer.
The Eagles development midfielder featured in all three of the matches in the round-robin tournament in Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming on for the final 23 minutes last Thursday in the Three Lions’ opening game as they defeated the Czech Republic 5-3.
Kirby then started against Slovenia two days later and played all 90 minutes as qualification was secured with a game to play as England ran out 2-0 winners, and then in the final group game he provided the assist for the only goal of the game against Bosnia as Newcastle United’s Liam Gibson headed in Kirby’s corner.
The 16-team finals now beckon for the 17-year-old, who signed a professional deal with the Eagles last month. They will run from the 3rd to the 19th May and England’s undefeated record in qualifying has seen them handed a top seed, with the draw held next week.
Coached by Steve Cooper, the Three Lions will be hoping to follow up their successes in the competition in 2014 and 2010, when Connor Wickham was a part of the victorious side.