30 Mar International breakthroughs for young Stellar stars
A host of Stellar’s brightest young players have made international breakthroughs.
Leading the line are Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who earned his first cap for England in match against Germany, and Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane who debuted for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against Iceland.
Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn was called up to the Wales senior team for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic. The 17-year-old didn’t get on this time but enjoyed training with the squad.
In Scotland St Mirren’s Stephen Mallan won his first cap for the Scotland’s Under 21s in a 0-0 draw with Estonia. Also making headlines was Jack Harper of Malaga, who was among 10 uncapped players in the squad.
There was also a big crop of debuts for Stellar clients in England’s youth ranks.
Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook captained England Under 20s who convincingly won a Four Nations tournament in France.
Mason Mount of Chelsea made the step up to England Under 19s and scored on his debut as the Young Lions beat Norway 3-0.
Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal netted on his first start for England under 18s against Saudi Arabia and took a spectacular hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Qatar. He was joined by Ipswich Town’s Tristan Nydam, who impressed during his debut for the team.
Meanwhile, there has also been big progression for Stellar players in other European countries.
Rising star Sofyan Amrabat, 20, of Utrecht made his bow for Morocco in a friendly against Tunisia, causing big headlines in the Dutch press as many fans are still hopeful he will still opt to play for Holland.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old attacking midfielder Bojidar Kraev from Levski Sofia made his full international debut in Bulgaria’s 2-0 home win against the Dutch.
Brothers Samy, 20, and Ryan Mmaee, 19, were both selected for the Belgium Under 21 team for a qualifying match against Malta after impressing for Standard Liege.
Elsewhere Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Claudio Gomez was with the under 17 France team, Eric Majetschak of RB Leipzig joined Germany’s under 17s and Thierno Ballo took his bow for Austria’s under 17s.
Stellar Group’s managing director David Manasseh said: “The chance to represent your country is a major honour for any player and the fact more of our younger clients are stepping up to join the international ranks is a major honour for us.
“No player gets to this position without hard work, passion, discipline and fantastic footballing talent. To be able to play our part in that journey is what Stellar Group is all about.”