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Welsh key to England victory; Academy League.

Byline: CHRIS WRIGHT

LIVERPOOL'S John Welsh helped England under-19s qualify for the UEFA U19 European Championship against Lithuania on Sunday.

The 18-year-old midfielder was part of the side that won 2-1, with goals from Newcastle's Michael Chopra and Arsenal's Jermaine Pennant, at the City Ground, Nottingham to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory.

England have qualified for the finals in Switzerland in July where Welsh will be a key member of the squad along with U19s defender Jon Otsemobor, who was an unused substitute on Sunday.

Both players were involved in the reserves' 4-2 win against Aston Villa last night. But now that duo and the rest of the U19s' squad will focus on this Saturday's semifinal play-off, back in Nottingham.

The Reds are looking to get past Nottingham Forest and add to their North West FA Premier Academy League title, by reaching the national play-off final against the winners of the other semi-final between Arsenal and Ipswich.

Liverpool trio - defender David Raven, striker Mark Smyth and midfielder David Mannix - have joined up with the England squad for the UEFA U17s Championship, which begins this Saturday in Denmark.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2002
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