Ted Smith spends week with Southampton FC ahead of his England call-up
Goalkeeper Ted Smith has been called up for England’s under-18’s again, for their friendly with Germany.
Smith has featured twice for England, but missed out on the previous two games because of an injury.
The goalkeeper has spent this week with Premier League side Southampton to boost his fitness.
The Saints had a couple of goalkeeper injuries, and asked permission from manager Phil Brown to take Smith for the week.
He featured in their under-21 game against Everton on Monday night.
Brown said: “We have a fantastic relationship with Premier League clubs, as you’ve seen with the loanees that we’ve brought to the club this season.
“Bill Green, Southampton Academy’s Chief Scout, asked if they could work with Ted for a week, and I said no problem at all.
“It was a win-win situation for Ted, training in fantastic conditions at Southampton, and a win-win situation for the club.
“Dan Bentley did something similar last season, and look how we’ve reaped the benefits of that this season with 17 clean sheets.
“Ted has a very promising future in the game, and I see that future with Southend United. To say his future is in doubt would be wrong.”
The friendly against Germany takes place on April 16th at the New York Stadium in Rotherham. Ted will join up with the squad on Saturday 12th April.