Norwich City youngsters Jacob and Josh Murphy have taken further steps up the England international ladder.

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The Downham Market twins represented England Under-19s for the first time on Tuesday night in a 1-0 win over Finland in Telford.

The 17-year-old wingers both impressed as the Young Lions secured victory courtesy of John Lundstram’s stoppage-time penalty.

Jacob wore No 11 for Noel Blake’s side, while identical twin brother Josh, wearing 14, started on the bench, came on in the 69th minute.

Both had a positive impact on the match, with Jacob testing the Finland goalkeeper on a number of occasions and Josh’s cross from the left coming within inches of setting up a goal late in the match.

Last month, the identical twins made simultaneous debuts for England Under-18s in a 2-0 victory over Italy at Mansfield.

Academy Manager Ricky Martin, who was at Tuesday’s game, told the club’s official website: “It’s a real boost for us at the Academy.

“What we want is international football to give the boys a different experience, so they go away and come back hungrier and more determined to develop.

“So far from what I’ve seen, everyone that’s gone away has come back wanting to kick on even further. That’s what we want – for them to mix, train, and play with different types of players in a different environment and broaden their footballing horizons.

“I was delighted to see both players selected for the under-19s after competing for England at under-18s level, and to step up an age group is a great achievement for both of them.

“They were a real threat. They can be match-winners within a second with their turn of pace and skill, and ability to play off both sides.

“That’s a testament to them and all the hard work they’ve put in over the years they’ve been at the Academy. They’re talented young players who are heading the right direction.”

As City’s push for Category One status looks set to be ratified, the academy also received youth call-ups for Cameron King (Scotland), Adel Gafaiti (Algeria), Ramil Sheriff (Jamaica), and Kyle Callan-McFadden (Republic of Ireland).

5 comments

  • I seem to remember one of the senior players mentioning these boys on twitter as the most likely to break into the 1st team, so maybe! Hopefully the academy one project will do the business in the next few years, *if* we stay up. If we don't.. it will probably be shut down and back to the old style. But fingers crossed!

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Spot on, MB. Brendan Rodgers was confident enough to put Raheem Sterling into the Liverpool side at 17 and he made his full England debut last night after only a handful of PL games. Wonder if we will ever see similar bravery at Carrow Road? Unlikely on past record. We have two young England 'keepers nowhere near the first team now.

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    Kent Anglian

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Keepers are a special case though Kent, as it is a position where consistency and experience are key factors and there have been good keepers who have suffered horribly for a dip in form or just a few mistakes - Paul Robinson for one. I agree though that it would be lovely to have another Eadie, Bellamy, Sutton, or even a Keith O'Neill - Remember him?? - coming through the system. I have no problem with sending players out on loan as long as it is to the right clubs and they get some good experience.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Odd thing is, we seem to ship out our most promising Academy lads on loan, then buy in somebody else`s, eg Butterfield. There must be a bigger picture. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • I wonder if we`ll ever see an Academy product make it to the 1st team again? Specially @ Prem level. Korey has been the nearest in recent times.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

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