Ashington’s Dean Briggs called up to England Schoolboys’ squad

Dean Briggs, in action for Ashington FC, has been called up to the England Schoolboys' squad. Picture by Ian Appleby
Dean Briggs, in action for Ashington FC, has been called up to the England Schoolboys' squad. Picture by Ian Appleby

Dean Briggs scored the first goal of his Ashington career this season in the 3-1 win over Billingham Town with an assured finish.

Now the 17-year-old has set himself more targets.

The Newcastle born midfielder, a former student at Cramlington High School who is now studying at Gateshead College, has been called up into the last 64 of the England Schoolboys’ squad for trials being held at the Lilleshall training camp at the end of this month.

And for Wideopen-based Briggs the journey to Lilleshall cannot come quick enough.

Briggs, who sat out Northumberland Under-18’s 2-1 victory against Shropshire at Market Drayton on Saturday, said: “I feel it is a good achievement and I’m thrilled to bits.

“I did not know anything about it so the call up came as a surprise, but to be included in the last 64 from youngsters throughout the whole of the country means that I must be doing something right.”

Briggs is due to be listed in the North side versus the South with the East facing the West.

He added: “After this trial the squad will be cut to 32 and then 20, so I have plenty to aim for.

“I know my Ashington team-mate Kyle Downey got through to the final squad two years ago, so I’m hoping to follow in his footsteps.”

Briggs has his heart set on becoming a professional footballer

“That’s what my aim is and I still have time,” he said.

“Playing for Gateshead College we get loads of football scouts coming to our FA Youth Cup games and all I can do is to do my best to impress.”