THREE STOKE CITY Under-18s players have been rewarded for their fine form with international call-ups.
Jack Nardiello and Curtis Strong will join up with Wales Under-19s, while skipper Ryan O’Reilly has been selected in Ireland’s Under-19 squad as both countries play three European Championship qualifiers in October.
Full-back Strong and forward Nardiello will hope to feature in their country’s games against Sweden (10th), Slovenia (12th) and Russia (15th).
Central defender O’Reilly, who has scored twice for the young Potters this season, will be available for Ireland’s three qualifiers against Luxembourg (11th), Macedonia (13th) and Germany (16th).
Strong featured in Wales Under-19s’ recent 3-1 defeat to Germany in Kiel, while Coventry-born Nardiello qualifies for Geraint Williams’ side through his Welsh father.
He and O’Reilly netted in City’s most recent Under-18s Premier League Group Two match against Tottenham – a 2-1 win that saw then go joint top of the table for a short time.
This Saturday they will face pacesetters Southampton at Clayton Wood Training Ground (11am).