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Jack Hall called up to England squad

1 October 2021

Owls academy goalkeeper Jack Hall has been called up to the England Under-18 squad.

The 16-year-old has begun his scholarship in outstanding fashion, playing a key role in the team’s positive run of results that sees the 18s top of the table after five games.

The youngster has been with Wednesday since the age of seven and has previous experience on the international stage having taken part in several England training camps.

As well as stepping out for the Under-18s, Hall has also featured for the Under-23s this season, most recently at Coventry earlier this week.

Academy manager Steven Haslam said: “It’s fantastic recognition for Jack and his family.

“Jack has been with us since the age of seven so has come right through the programme and has had a really good experience all the way.

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“The coaches have put in a lot of work with him but Jack and his family and have put an enormous amount of dedication into developing his game so it fantastic recognition for him, his family and the club."

The England Under-18s face Norway on Thursday 7 October at La Dama de Noche in Marbella and then take on Russia the following Monday at the same venue.

Haslam added: “He has always been ahead of the curve, in a way. I still remember him as a seven-year-old organising his defence from a corner which is really rare!

“He has always shown high potential but the life of a young footballer, it’s coming through that growth and maturation stage, which Jack is still in – he’s still growing, still developing physically and has started his scholarship really positively.

“He has kept clean sheets for the 18s and they are top of the league at the minute, he’s played a couple of times for the 23s and performed really well and now called up for England so many congratulations to Jack and his family.

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“Also a mention to the staff who have worked with him over a number of years – and in particular Nicky Weaver who is our head of goalkeeping at the academy.

“He works with Jack on a daily basis and passes on his knowledge and experience.

“Nicky has been there, seen it and done it. He was a young goalkeeper who got picked for England youth teams and played for Manchester City at a very young age.

“He has got the experience to know exactly what it’s about and it’s important Jack continues to have that desire to improve but yes, it’s credit to Nicky as well for the time he puts into coaching the goalkeepers.”


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