AFC Bournemouth’s Billy Terrell will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Cherries star Aaron Ramsdale after being selected to attend an England men’s goalkeeping development camp.
Terrell, who signed his first professional contract this summer, will be put through his paces by England’s team of goalkeeper coaches at St George's Park between August 7th and 10th.
The camps are designed for players to showcase their talents and prepare them for international football with a view to being selected for their respective age groups in the national squads.
Ex-Cherries goalkeeper Ramsdale, now with Arsenal, is one of a number of successful attendees of the camps earlier in his career, as is Jordan Pickford, the man he is challenging for the England number one spot at the World Cup.
Terrell is in his second year in the Cherries development squad having joined the club as a 15-year-old following his release by hometown club Southampton.
His coaches at Vitality Stadium have included Neil Moss and Anthony White, both now members of the Football Association staff who Terrell will work under at St George's Park.
Cherries development squad coach Shaun Cooper told afcb.co.uk: “Billy is a great prospect. He’s got a fantastic frame for a goalkeeper and has a brilliant attitude in training.
“If he applies himself correctly and listens to what his coaches are telling him, he’s got a really bright future ahead of him.
“I’m pleased he’s got this recognition and excited for him. He’s at the start of what will hopefully be a very successful career as long as he keeps putting in the hard work.”
Cooper added: “A lot of staff here have played a role in Billy’s development and still are. People like Rob Burch, Gareth Stewart, Joe Prodomo, Neil Moss and Billy Granger deserve great credit.
“Everybody sees the same thing with Billy. They see a good physical profile, a good attitude and a good shot-stopper who’s comfortable with the ball at his feet.
“There is definitely room for improvement in all those areas and I think Billy is the type of character who is willing to do what he needs in order to maximise his potential.”
Terrell started out at Portsmouth where he spent four years before joining the Cherries as a scholar following a two-year stay at Southampton.
He told afcb.co.uk: “I’m delighted and it was a pleasant surprise. The development camp will give everybody a chance to showcase their skills.
“Neil Moss and Ant White are both great coaches which is why they are with England now. They both helped me a lot since I came here as a 15-year-old.
“When I went up with them, they matured me very quickly and I am looking forward to working with them again.”
See afcb.co.uk tomorrow for an in-depth feature with Billy Terrell plus a gallery of pictures.