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Daws & Clarke receive international call ups


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Youth team players Marcus Daws and Josh Clarke have both received their first international call ups for Northern Ireland under-19s and England under-17s respectively.

Midfielder Daws will travel to Belfast for a training camp, while goalkeeper Clarke will join up with the Young Lions at their training camp at St. George's Park - with neither side due to play any competitive matches. 

Additionally, Owen Bevan has been called up by Wales under-18s for their match with England under-18s, the defender's current injury meaning he has been forced to pull out of the squad.

Speaking to afcb.co.uk, under-18s manager Alan Connell gave further details on the recognition earned by the players after being released by other clubs - but who have since proved their abilities in the Cherries' Academy.

He said: "Marcus was released by Southampton and had missed a lot of football through injury but he's bought into everything we've asked of him. He's really conscientious, is desperate to improve and he's scored and made goals this season.

"He's a really creative talent and he's learning the other side of the game as well as improving in line with that.

"I'm delighted for him to get the call up for the under-19s, considering he's actually an under-17. It's recognition for his performances this season and hopefully he can go there and carry on the good work he's showed already with us.

"Being called up to the full England under-17s squad is a huge achievement for Josh, our Academy and our goalkeeping department.

"When you consider that we are a category three academy they could have chosen anyone, but for Josh to be highlighted and for them to want to have a closer look is really pleasing.

"He went to an England goalkeeping camp a couple of months ago and obviously did enough to impress there. Since he's come in after he was released by Chelsea last summer he's produced displays and trains like the young professional he is. It'll be a great experience for him St. George's Park."

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