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10 November 2015

Left-back earns his first U19s call up...

Walsall left-back Rico Henry has been called up to the England U19s squad for their international friendlies against the Netherlands and Japan.

The 18-year-old, who was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for September, spent this afternoon training with Aidy Boothroyd’s U19s.

And following Jake Clarke-Slater’s withdrawal through injury, Henry has been included in their squad for the matches against the Netherlands on Thursday and Japan on Sunday.

"I'm really pleased for him and he deserves it as well," said Walsall boss Dean Smith.

"He's a level-headed kid who just gets his head down and wants to work and get better.

"He was invited to go and train with them and he's impressed enough for them to want to take him to Holland with them.

"It's great news for Rico and his family, and the club as well."

Henry has made 26 first-team appearances for the Saddlers since progressing through the Club’s youth system.

He was handed his first professional contract in July 2014 and made his Walsall debut in a 2-2 draw against Tranmere in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last December.

The Birmingham-born defender has featured 16 times this season and netted his first career goal in our 2-1 League Cup triumph over Brighton in August.

Henry recently signed a new contract to keep him at the Banks’s until the summer of 2018.

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