April 25 2019 Latest news:
EBBSFLEET boss Liam Daish is delighted three of his young players have had their excellent club form recognised with call-ups to the England 'C' set-up.
Lance Cronin and James Smith are joined in Paul Fairclough's 16-man Lions contingent to face Bosnia & Herzegovina in their International Challenge Trophy Group 'A' decider by striker Luke Moore, who makes the national non-league squad for the first time.
The 20-year-old, Gravesend-born starlet is the first player developed in the club's Programme for Academic and Sporting Excellence (PASE) - a national scheme that links football training with academic development - to be called up to the international stage.
"It is great because the recognition shows that we are doing things right down here," Daish said. "I am sure they can raise their games and maintain their good club form, which has got them the call-ups, and it can only be viewed as a good thing for us."
Goalkeeper Cronin returns after an enforced absence due to injury and centre back Smith, who made an impressive debut against Barbados in the last fixture, are also in line to face the Bosnians on September 16.
Moore, who has already bagged three goals in the Blue Square Premier this season, found the target in the Fleet's 4-0 defeat of Stevenage in an unbeaten Bank Holiday weekend, which also included a goalless draw against Lewes, that left Daish more than satisfied.
"Four points in two tough games is a good return," the former Irish international said. "I am pleased with the way the lads are performing in the league. They are looking to go forward and score goals and are steady at the back.