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"Delighted for George Thomas. I'd like to see more Under-18s get international recognition." - Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon

10 September 2014

The City Under-18s coach has urged more Academy players to push for international call-ups following George Thomas' call-up...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon hopes more of his players follow in George Thomas' footsteps in achieving caps at international level. 

The City striker gained his first Wales Under-19s call-up and played 90 minutes in midfield in the 3-1 win in Montenegro last week.

Thomas has progressed through the Welsh international system and was rewarded for his form for the City Under-21s with his first cap at Under-19s level.

Having seen the City starlet achieve this feat, Farndon hopes more of his Under-18s squad get recognised by their international teams this season.

The Under-18s coach said: "Delighted for George. Playing in a different system and a different country is a great experience for a young player to have and you undoubtedly learn more about the game through international experience.

"Recently, we saw England Under-20s pick a couple of League Two players which is good to see. Being a category two Academy, I think we've got the players here who can make the grade.

"I think it is a case of not being recognised as we had nine players from the Academy on the pitch at the end of the Wycombe game which shows the amount of talent this Academy is producing.

"To be playing League One football is their age is a great feat so to see a lack of international recognition is strange. There might be better players but I can't see it to mind."

Kyle Spence and James Maddison came on during the 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as 11 out of the 16 players in the squad were products of the City Academy.

Despite the desire to win the league, Farndon has spoken his pride and delight to see the amount of City players getting first-team opportunities.

He added: "We've made no secret of our desire to win the league this season as we want to make sure we produce young players who are used to winning games.

"It gives me a great pleasure to see our boys actually playing for the first-team as it is what my job is about, getting them ready for the manager to select them.

"They've been brilliantly coached throughout their time at the Academy and it is a great achievement for everyone who has had a hand in developing the talent at the club."

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