Kenny wears Three Lions with pride
Milton LindsayFootballing life couldn't get much better for Eaton teenager Kenny Reeves, who has made his mark this year wearing an England number nine shirt and will be enjoying a USA tour before savouring a taste of Sky TV stardom.Milton Lindsay
Footballing life couldn't get much better for Eaton teenager Kenny Reeves, who has made his mark this year wearing an England number nine shirt and will be enjoying a USA tour before savouring a taste of Sky TV stardom.
The City of Norwich School pupil is spearheading the England U18 Schoolboys attack in the Centenary Shield home international series, which sees England top of the table on goal difference after matches against Northern Ireland and Wales and with high hopes of finishing the job against Scotland and the Republic of Ireland - with both matches set to be televised live on Sky next month.
Kenny, who bagged the number nine shirt following final trials at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre at the end of January, wasted no time in repaying the faith shown in him by the selectors by scoring during one of the tour games in Malaga.
He was then delighted to net again in the opening Centenary Shield game at Crusaders FC where he generally proved a thorn in the side of his Irish opponents.
England led 4-0 at half time with Kenny assisting in two of the goals and scoring after outpacing a defender and turning inside before calmly slotting past the N I keeper just before the break in the 4-1 win.
'It was a big thrill to score against Northern Ireland - I was very pleased,' he said.
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Although the following game against Wales at Llanelli AFC ended in a disappointing goalless stalemate, England still top the table and Kenny is hoping to make further winning contributions against the Scotland at Carlisle on St George's Day, April 23, before finishing the job in the final fixture against Republic of Ireland at Burton Albion FC on April 30.
But before the towering teenager can be let loose on the Auld Enemy, the 6ft 2in hitman has some business Stateside to sort.
Over Easter he will be in Atlanta for an 11-day training camp, which will include a couple of games against local opponents, no doubt keen to put one over on the beautiful game's inventors at any level - especially with a World Cup on the horizon.
Kenny who was on Norwich City's books as a youth, has also played for Norwich United since leaving the Canary Academy system and has been turning out for Dereham Town in the Ridgeons League Premier Division this season.
Asked to describe himself, he said rather modestly: 'I am a target man who can score goals.'
He added: 'I am a fan of van Nistelrooy, I also like Ronaldo, but I would not say I play anything like him.'
But Dereham manager Matt Henman has been generous in his praise - and clearly regards Kenny as one for the future.
He said of the selection: 'It's fantastic. We think this is the first international honour for the club at any level.
'Kenny was released by Norwich City after spending time with them as a schoolboy and came to us through Norwich United.
'He is 6ft 2in tall and a natural finisher. If he can add a bit more aggression to his game he is going to be one hell of a player."
Kenny is studying business, history and PE at City of Norwich School, and hopes to continue his studies at University.