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England recognition for George

17 May 2013

George Long has been named in England's provisional 35-man squad for the forthcoming FIFA U20 World Cup, which will be held in Turkey between 21 June and 13 July

The 19-year-old, who made his debut at Swansea in the Championship, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence this season; he has been an ever-present as United's number one since early October 2012.

Long was named the League One Player of the Month in October and won the Football League Young Player of the Month award for February, on the back of six consecutive clean sheets.

In total this term, Long has started 43 matches and kept 20 shutouts in the process.

The Sheffield-born goalkeeper already has experience of playing for his country, Long made his U18s debut in April 2011 coming on as a second half substitute during a 1-1 draw with Italy in Carpi.

England are in Group E, alongside Iraq, Chile and Egypt, for this summer's FIFA U20s World Cup.

The group games will be played in the space of seven days, starting with Iraq in Antalya on Sunday 23 June. Three days later Chile are the opposition for Peter Taylor's men at the same venue. The Three Lions then wrap up proceedings with a clash against the Egyptians in Bursa.

Taylor will narrow his squad down to 21 players on Friday 7 June.

Meanwhile, there will be a familiar face to Blades fans amongst England's backroom staff in Turkey, after it was announced Ugo Ehiogu will be part of Taylor's coaching staff.

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