Goalkeeper Ted Smith on his latest call up for England's under-18 side
Ted Smith is absolutely thrilled to have earned a third call up for England’s under-18’s, and is now looking forward to facing Belgium on Tuesday.
Smith made his first England appearance last October, and could feature against Belgium at St George’s Park on the same day Blues face Hartlepool at Roots Hall.
He found out today that he’d be heading back in March, for a double header against Croatia, and he was understandably delighted with the news.
“I really enjoyed my first experience with the side. There’s a lot of players from top Premier League clubs there, so it’s nice to get to know them and see how they work and train.
“It’s testament to the work being done here that I’ve been called up in the first place and that I’ve been able to keep my place in the squad.
“I’m really looking forward to the games. Belgium have been bringing through some top talent in recent seasons so that should be a great test.
“Croatia have always been one of the top nations so that should be another good game. I kept a clean sheet on my debut, and it would be great to do that again if I get the chance.”
Ted has also been pleased to be involved in the first-team on a couple of occasions in the absence of Paul Smith with an injury.
He said: “I hadn’t been involved for a little while so it was really nice to be involved, but obviously not nice for Paul to be out with an injury.
“It’s all good experience for me, to be in and around the first-team. That’s where I will be next season so it’s nice to get an early understanding of it.
“The lads are all great and always make you feel extremely welcome when you do make the step up.”
Due to the weather, games for the under-18’s have been few and far between recently, so Ted is looking forward to experiencing the facilities at St George’s Park again.
“It has even been difficult to train on the grass and we’ve had to train on Astroturf. You do lose momentum, but we’re all working as hard as we can still.
“The facilities at St George’s Park are unbelievable. The pitches we play on are exactly the same size as Wembley and they are really nice to play and train on.