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Mitchel Candlin training with England U18s

30 August 2017

Young striker Mitch Candlin is training with England's U18s, Saddlers manager Jon Whitney has confirmed.

The 17-year-old, who signed his first professional deal last week to keep him with the club until at least 2020, has not been called up to the full squad but is nevertheless training with Steve Cooper's side ahead of their upcoming games against South Africa and Brazil.

Candlin has joined up with the national side at the National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton, but Whitney says that, as it stands, Candlin will still be available for selection for this weekend's home game with Plymouth.

"It’s not a full call-up but Steve Cooper has been in contact about him," said Whitney.

"He reported to St George’s Park on Monday to train with England.

"For me, it’s great that he's going there and getting used to the set-up.

"He gets to put his England tracksuit on, which is fantastic for him and his family."

Whitney confirmed that Cooper watched Candlin play in our recent behind-closed-doors friendly at Shrewsbury Town, in which Candlin scored a fine goal from distance.

And while Whitney wants to bring Candlin back for the Plymouth game, the Saddlers boss appreciates that England may look to keep hold of the young forward in case of injuries.

"They watched him against Shrewsbury Town and they liked him," Whitney added.

"They want him to go and be introduced in the set-up.

"He will be training all week with that and I might have to bring him back for Plymouth because of international call-ups."

"Things can change, if they get a few injuries, the Brazil game is on Friday and he may come into the fold."


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