The select club Nottingham Forest are part of after this latest international break


Nottingham Forest have made as big a contribution to England’s youth teams this month as some of the top teams in the Premier League.

The Reds are part of a select club where they have had players represent the Young Lions at each of the Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 age groups in this last international break.

Only top-flight giants Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur can say the same.

And academy manager Gary Brazil says that stat is testament to years of hard work at Forest, developing players for the future.

In response to a tweet highlighting the Reds youngsters shining on the international stage, Brazil wrote: “Outstanding statistics for our Academy and a lot of hard work over the last four years. Looking forward to seeing these players develop….”

He quoted a tweet from Alex Maher, which was written before Arvin Appiah picked up another cap for the Under-17s last night. It read: “Outstanding statistics for the u17, u19 and u21 @England #YoungLions November matches so far: Games played – 6 Games won – 6 Scored – 16 Conceded – 4 Clubs represented – 31. Only @Arsenal, @ChelseaFC, @NFFC and @SpursOfficial had players at all age groups.”

As well as Appiah, Forest have had Ben Brereton turn out for the Under-19s and Joe Worrall, as well as Everton loanee Kieran Dowell, play for the Under-21s in the past fortnight.

Worrall and Dowell both made the starting line-up as the older age group continued their unbeaten start to European Championships qualifying with a 2-0 victory over Ukraine.

Paul Simpson’s Under-19s made it three wins from three in their own Euro qualifying group, seeing off Bulgaria, Faroe Islands and Iceland.

And in their mini friendly tournament, the Under-17s got the better of Germany, Russia and Portugal.



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