BRYN Morris is targeting a place in the England U19s squad after revealing he is on their radar.
The Hartlepool-born Middlesbrough starlet, 17, makes his U18s debut for England against Hungary today in a behind-closed-doors encounter.
Morris has 19 international caps across both the U16s and U17s level and is expected to be named captain for the U18s this afternoon.
With no competitive action at U18s level, however, Morris is wanting to play for the age-group above and has already received positive vibes about such a possibility.
“I was on standby for the U19s a couple of weeks ago which is a good sign,” Morris explained to SportMail.
“It’s a bit of both (playing well for Boro and the U18s) that will help me get selected.
“The U19s coach is Noel Blake and I’ve played under him before so he knows how I can play.
“We’ll just wait and see.”
In the immediacy Morris and his team-mates face the Hungarians tomorrow and then again on Monday
The task posed by their visitors is an alien one, though: “I’ve never played them so we will concentrate on what we do,” Morris said.
The double-header is likely to see manager Neil Dewsnip position Morris in defence and his favoured midfield to ensure the entire squad are given some game time.
Morris added: “I’ll probably play in both positions.
“Neil’s had a word with me and said that I will more than likely play in defence one game and then midfield the other.
“I do prefer midfield but I have to drop into defence sometimes because there’s not many centre-backs at this age level.
“There’s a few new faces in the squad this time round and obviously a new manager and staff.
“But things haven’t changed much, it’s still the same kind of set up.
“Neil’s a good coach and the sessions that he’s put on have been good so far.
“As always it’s just getting use to each other and knowing how each player likes to play and their strengths.”
Meanwhile, Morris’ Middlesbrough team-mate and fellow Hartlepudlian, Ryan Brobbel, is expected to play for Northern Ireland’s U21s today against Belgium.