Stevenage's Ben Wilmot earns England U19 call-up
PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 15 March 2018
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Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot has been called up to the England U19 squad for the UEFA Elite Round Qualifying games later this month ahead of this summer's European Championships in Finland.
Keith Downing’s side play Hungary on Wednesday, March 21, followed by games against Latvia on Saturday, March 24 and Macedonia on Tuesday, March 27.
Wilmot is the first ever Stevenage player to represent England at youth level, with the 18-year-old telling the club’s official website he is honoured to earn an international call-up.
“It is such an honour to be called up by your country. It is always been a dream but not one that you can afford to think about too much,” he said.
“I am overwhelmed to be honest. It is largely down to the club and the staff for giving me the opportunity to play in the first-team and all I have done is try to maintain my place and give my all.
“I would like to thank everyone at the club, from the Chairman to the manager, to all the lads in the squad. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be in this privileged situation.
“Now I am excited to join up with the rest of the lads and help the team qualify for this summer’s tournament.”
The central defender has been with Boro’s academy since the age of 14, with the second-year scholar successfully breaking into the first-team this season.
Wilmot was thrown in at the deep end when Darren Sarll named him the starting XI to face Reading in the FA Cup third-round and has impressed ever since, making 15 appearances across all competitions, earning a Three Lions call-up.