The captain of Monkseaton High School football team has been appointed to the same position for England Schoolboys U18s.
Ursene Mouanda made excellent progress through the trials at Blackburn, Manchester and Lilleshall.
The FA said he was chosen as captain for embracing the England U18 values and showing excellent leadership qualities both on and off the pitch.
Mounda is joined in the England set-up by Northumberland CE Academy manager Andy Blight.
The team have commenced their Centenary shield campaign with two hard fought 2-1 away wins against Northern Ireland in Belfast and Wales in Bangor.
Their next game against Scotland is at Fleetwood on April 1, with their final game being against the Republic of Ireland at Shrewsbury.