Arthur Okonkwo, Vontae Daley-Campbell and Tyreece John-Jules have all been called up for the England u18s, as they prepare to play a tournament in Slovakia this month.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal in action during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Arthur Okonkwo of Arsenal in action during the Premier League 2 match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on April 15, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The FA announced their 22-man squad for the tournament on Monday, with Okonkwo, Daley-Campbell and John-Jules all making the cut. It’s possible Bukayo Saka and Xavier Amaechi may also have been involved, but our sources confirm that they’ve been pulled out of England duty in case they’re required for the Europa League final.

Here’s the fixture list for the u18 tournament:

  • Monday 20 May, 11am BST: England vs Russia (FC Vion Zlaté Moravce Stadium)
  • Tuesday 21st May, 5pm BST: England vs Slovakia (Mestský Stadión)
  • Thursday 23rd May, 11am BST: England vs Mexico (FC Vion Zlaté Moravce Stadium)
  • Friday 24th May: Final match against Croatia, Spain, Czech Republic or Ukraine, depending on England’s position in the group.

Goalkeeper Okonkwo had a strong season with the academy, keeping four clean sheets in 10 matches with the u18s before earning a promotion to the u23s, where he conceded just one goal in four games.

Daley-Campbell has been the Arsenal u18s’ first-choice right-back all season, but it appears he still hasn’t signed a professional contract with the Gunners. As a result, it’s looking likely his time with the club is over.

Meanwhile, John-Jules finished his campaign just as impressively as Okonkwo, scoring 4 goals and providing two assists in his final six games. He seemed to be inspired by his call-up for the first team in March, when he scored against Al-Nasr on his senior friendly debut.

Let’s hope the trio all do well with England and then have a relaxing summer!

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