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Villa duo earn World Cup call-up

It's not all doom and gloom for two of the young Lions

Aston Villa official

It's been a pretty terrible few weeks for everyone involved with Aston Villa football club. So it's nice to hear some good news today; both Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Easah Suliman have been called up to the England under 17 squad for the upcoming World Cup in Chile.

England U17 coach Neil Dewsnip revealed the 21 man squad yesterday, with the team set to depart for Chile on Thursday.

England are in a fairly straightforward group at the tournament; facing Brazil, Guinea and South Korea. With at least two of these sides advancing, it's likely that both Suliman and Hepburn-Murphy's World Cup will last longer than their senior counterparts at last year's World Cup.

This news comes at the end of a big month for both players. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, already known by Villa fans after his senior debut last season, recently signed his first professional contract with the club. With this call up he is set to make his first England U17 appearances.

Easah Suliman meanwhile is no stranger to U17 action, having featured 13 times for the Three Lions. He recently appeared on the bench for the senior side against Notts County in the Capital One Cup and is definitely one for the future.


The full England squad for the tournament is as follows-

Goalkeepers: Paul Woolston (Newcastle United), Will Huffer (Leeds United), Alfie Whiteman (Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Danny Collinge (VfB Stuttgart), Ro-Shaun Williams (Manchester United), Easah Suliman (Aston Villa), James Yates (Everton), Jay DaSilva (Chelsea), Tayo Edun (Fulham)

Midfielders: Tom Davies (Everton), Marcus Wood (Manchester City), Herbie Kane (Liverpool), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Marcus Edwards (Tottenham Hotspur), Will Patching (Manchester City), Chris Willock (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kaylen Hinds (Arsenal), Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa), Kazaiah Sterling (Tottenham Hotspur), Ike Ugbo (Chelsea), Stephy Mavididi (Arsenal)