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Kirby Gets England Call For UEFA U19 Championships

16 July 2018

Nya Kirby has left Palace's training camp in Sweden to join up with Paul Simpson’s England under-19 squad in Finland for the UEFA Under-19 Championships.

The tournament, which kicks off today, will see the Three Lions took to win the competition and also secure qualification for the 2019 U20s FIFA World Cup as the holders seek to defend their title.

Last season, Kirby became a World Cup winner himself with England's under-17 side. He contributed significantly to the campaign, coolly slotting away the winning penalty in the last-16 shootout win against Japan to help pave the way for the country’s third-ever footballing World Cup win. In May, Kirby was called up to the England under-18 squad for their trip to China to compete in the Panda Cup, with the Palace man scoring two goals.

Last Thursday, he completed 90 minutes for the Eagles' first-team in their 2-2 draw with FC Helsingør and drew praise from management and teammates alike.

England will face Turkey on Tuesday 17th July before facing Ukraine three days later before rounding off the group stage with a game against France on Monday 23rd July. Should they qualify for the semi-finals, they will be played on 26th July and the final on Sunday 29th July.

Simpson, who led the under-20s to the World Cup title last June, told thefa.com: “There is nothing like tournament football to show players just what it takes to win and we’re looking forward to showing what we can do.

“When you look at all of the teams that have qualified, we knew that there wasn’t going to be an easy draw. We’re reasonably happy with who we have in the group. We don’t play France until the third game which is probably a good thing, as hopefully we’ll have hit our stride by then.

"They’re the toughest test on paper, but that’s not being disrespectful to Turkey and Ukraine who are also good teams.”

Everyone at Crystal Palace FC would like to wish Nya, Paul and the squad well for the tournament.


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