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FA welcome clubs' co-operation over England U19s.

THE Football Association have hailed the spirit of co-operation from Premier League clubs after Aston Villa's Nathan Delfouneso and four Tottenham players were included in England's squad for this month's European Under-19 Championships. Two weeks ago, the FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking expressed his concern about coach Noel Blake being able to name his strongest squad for the finals in Normandy because of a club versus country conflict.

At a time when Brooking has been stressing the importance of youth football as England look to recover from their dismal performances at the World Cup, the Under-19s were seen as a litmus test of whether England's senior outfits would be willing to make the changes required to bring about improvement on the international front.

There had been fears that Tottenham in particular might not be too happy at losing four of their young players at such a key point of the pre-season campaign.

However, following discussions between Brooking and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, the quartet - John Bostock, Stephen Caulker, Dean Parrett and Andros Townsend - will all make the trip to France, along with Delfouneso, who has been given Martin O'Neill's blessing. "There has been a positive level of co-operation from clubs and the squad will meet up as planned on Monday 12 July before departing for France later that week," said an FA spokesman.

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Date:Jul 6, 2010
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