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Back to action for George

20 May 2013

George Long has linked up with England's U20s squad today (Monday) as preparations begin for the forthcoming World Cup campaign, which starts in June.

The goalkeeper, one of four stoppers named in Peter Taylor's provisional 35-man squad on Friday, is now focused on securing a spot on the plane to Turkey, as part of the final 21-man squad for the finals.

Speaking about his call-up, Long commented: "I found out a couple of weeks and I was honestly surprised.

"I am obviously delighted to have earnt this recognition, but it wouldn't have been possible had it not being for the players and the coaching staff, particularly goalkeeping coach, Darren Ward.

"To have had the opportunity to make over 40 appearances this season has far surpassed my expectations at the beginning of the season, but to be honest I have just been allowed to concentrate on my football and I am grateful for the all the help and support I have received.

"If I hadn't had being exposed to so much action, I wouldn't have been in the provisional squad, but now I want to work hard during the next couple of weeks of training and make sure I make the final cut.

"We are training this week in Cheshire then, after a week off, we are heading for another week's training at St George's Park in Burton."

The other goalkeepers in the squad are Jamal Blackman (Chelsea), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United) and Connor Ripley (Middlesbrough).

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