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A young footballer says his selection to play for England Colleges is the “best birthday” present that his father could have asked for.

Jack Stanger, 18, from Sunderland, received the news on his father’s birthday. “When I got the call to tell me I had been selected I was ecstatic,” he said. “It was the best present my Dad could have asked for.”

The centre midfielder fought off competition from hundreds of young hopefuls to be selected for the team, which will travel to Italy later this year for an international tournament.

He is studying a diploma in sport development, coaching and fitness at Sunderland College’s football development centre. “The college has been a massive help in my development as a footballer and I owe them a big thank you for all their great support,”
he said.

“It really does feel like a dream come true. The selection motivates me to continue to impress until I reach my ultimate goal of winning a professional contract. I am hoping that there will be scouts from top clubs at the games looking for new talent. To play football professionally would be the ultimate achievement for me.”