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Connor's England hopes

30 January 2014

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Connor Mahoney could cap an amazing few weeks by playing for England later today.

The 16-year-old winger became Rovers' third youngest ever player when he made his debut for the club in the FA Cup against Manchester City a fortnight ago and could follow that up by pulling on the famous three lions for England's Under-17 this afternoon against Belgium.

Speaking to, Mahoney said: “I didn’t expect any of this with my England call-up. For me to possibly make my England debut against Belgium and hopefully get a goal or create one, it would really cap off a great start to 2014.

“It’s not really sunk in yet – but I’m sure if I get out there on the pitch that’s when it will hit me.

“I just want to put a good shift in if I get the chance and work on cementing a permanent spot within the England squad and travel with them to play other top quality nations and against the best young players in the world.”

Mahoney missed the initial match between the two sides on Tuesday as he was with the Rovers first team squad for the match against Barnsley. England ran out 2-1 winners at St. Georges Park. Kick-off at the same venue this afternoon is at 12.00 noon.

Also hoping to taste international action is Academy defender Mark Edgar. He is with the Northern Ireland's Under-17 squad that lost 2-1 against the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The boys in green get the chance to avenge that loss when the two sides meet once more this afternoon at Moyola Park.

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