Bury boys earn England trials

TWO of the youngest players at West Suffolk College's Bury Football School have impressed the England Under-18 selectors and tried out for the national squad.

TWO of the youngest players at West Suffolk College's Bury Football School have impressed the England Under-18 selectors and tried out for the national squad.

Craig Parker from Norwich and James Patterson from Buckingham, both 16, were recommended for selection on the basis of impressive performances for Suffolk County Under-19s.

"When they played for Suffolk at the end of October, both of them performed very, very well," said Football School manager Jonathan Warnock. "It is a great credit to them both because normally, at that level, most of the team is made up of third-year boys. These are two first-year boys and they are well up to the standard of the older players."

The two boys took part in regional trials at Walthamstow, where they both performed well.

"It was a very good experience," said Patterson. "We are grateful to the Bury Football School for giving us the chance to get involved." He was released by Wycombe Wanderers and has had trials for Rushden & Diamonds.

Parker hopes to play as a professional. "I have ambitions to play as high as I possibly can, whatever that is," he said. He was released by Cambridge United.