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England C squad announced full of ‘best non league players’ right now

The England C squad has been announced full of the best non league players right now and it’s got plenty of people talking this Sunday.

A non-League Lions squad, made up of players from the National League and below, will travel to Caernarfon in March, the first open-age squad since 2008.

England C will meet Wales C for a third International Challenge Match in March 2022 with tickets expect to sell well for this encounter.

Paul Fairclough will take a squad of open-age players who represent clubs from the National League and below to the Oval, home of Caernarfon Town, on Wednesday 30 March 2022 (7pm GMT kick-off).

The two teams were scheduled to last meet in March 2020, but the game was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their last clash at the Peninsula Stadium in Salford in 2019 saw the two teams play out a 2-2 draw, while the non-League Lions earned a 3-2 victory at Barry Town United’s Jenner Park in 2018.

“We’re really pleased to confirm that we’ve accepted an invitation to play this fixture against Wales C,” said England C manager Fairclough.

“The last two encounters between the two sides have provided plenty of entertainment and a platform for the players to progress their careers, so we’re looking forward to what should be an exciting game for all involved.”

Mark Jones, who has taken charge of the previous two fixtures in the Wales C hotseat, will once again oversee proceedings for the hosts in Caernarfon.

And he added: “After missing out on this occasion in 2020 due to the pandemic, we’re more excited than ever to be welcoming England C to the Oval.

“It will be a fantastic occasion in what will be a momentous week for Welsh football.”

The Vanarama National League and the Pitching In Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Football Leagues will be providing funding for England C in the fixture.


1 Scott LOACH Chesterfield
2 Ryan BOOT Solihull Moors
3 Richard BRINDLEY Notts County
4 Ash PALMER Stockport County
5 Aaron HAYDEN Wrexham
6 Ben TOZER Wrexham
7 Nathan RALPH Southend United
8 Ryan CROASDALE Stockport County
9 Will COLLAR Stockport County
10 Matt ROBINSON Dagenham & Redbridge
11 Joe SBARRA Solihull Moors
12 Callum ROBERTS Notts County
13 Michael CHEEK Bromley
14 Paul MULLIN Wrexham
15 Mason CLARK Barnet
16 Liam MANDEVILLE Chesterfield

The following squad was selected for a friendly fixture against Wales C on the 24th of March 2020.
Ben Killip – Hartlepool United
Craig King – Oxford City
Sam Austin – Kidderminster Harriers
Patrick Brough – Barrow
Ben Goodliffe – Sutton United
Kane Smith – Boreham Wood
Will Smith – Harrogate Town
Wesley Fonguck – Barnet
Greg Olley – Gateshead
Lewis Hardcastle – Barrow
Josh Kay – Barrow
Sorba Thomas – Boreham Wood
Kurt Willoughby – York City
Liam Mandeville – Chesterfield
Kabongo Tshimanga – Boreham Wood
Josh Walker – Barnet

Twitter users reacted with the England C squad announced full of best non league players right now…

@Willo1988: No Michee Efete or John McAtee? 😂

@paulcol07830941: What no Jack Barham a fox in the box good luck to the squad for the season com on England C.


@IanHerring21: Disappointing really. I assume most clubs won’t release players then 🙄

@TheCountyfirst: Personally think Ash should be in the actual England team but nevertheless, congratulations to our boys

@LewisRWalsh: Guessing they’ve just scrapped the rule about players having to be no older than 23 then?

@shez_1987: Ashley palmer’s magic he wears the three lions!!!!

@SamJodders: Well in the county boys

@Rconnor_94: Happy for them as these opportunities don’t come around often But also losing my fucking mind about them getting hurt.

@MattHuddyHudson: Assuming no @BOREHAM_WOODFC players got in due to backlog of fixtures

@Fatpepe1: The C team used to give opportunities to non professional players. These are all now full time pros. What’s the point.

@AlecHitchSUFC: Yes Ralphy! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Quote Tweet

@Kaylalula: Fantastic for him, well done Nathan!

@coreyeaton97: Thought this was for under 23’s only before nah? Or am I wrong

@LeeFowls: Strong squad completely come away from the under 23 format where he used get all the younger talent moves hopefully wales do the same. Not just from the welsh prem

@Matt_MUFC87: Well done @RyanBoot12 and @JoeSbarra1 on the call up!

@mlond1985: No Town players in the England C squad to face Wales, and this squad is not age restricted like it has been before. I know we won’t players in due to a lack of them being fit but how has John McAtee not got a call up 🤯

@FootiePrint: No Ryan Seager??!??!? @HungerfordTown

@SamualMykola:  Ridiculous that there isn’t any Halifax players in there.

@dodgewrexham: Let’s hope they all pull out!!! Especially mullin he doesn’t even want to play for them already said he wants to play for wales

@nicksfoodblog: But Super Paul Mullin is Welsh! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@RichardLowe84: Mullin….?!

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