BRYN Morris is hoping to take his England appearance tally into double figures this week when he competes for the country’s Under-17s for the first time.
Hartlepool-born Morris can acquit himself in defence and midfield and has been capped at junior level for his country seven times, with his record reading five wins and two draws.
While performing for England the Middlesbrough Academy starlet has won himself several admiring clubs, including Manchester United.
The former High Tunstall College of Science 16-year-old has not been fazed by the added exposure, however, and will sport the Three Lions jersey next week in the St George’s Park International Tournament, with the games taking place at the home grounds of Burton Albion, Northampton Town and Hinckley United.
The tournament begins against Italy on Wednesday, before Morris – captain for the Under-16s last season in the Montaigu Tournament in France – will be part of the team tackling Turkey on the Friday.
The tournament concludes against Portugal on Sunday.
Bryn’s mum, Tracy, says that her son is merely looking forward to winning his next caps for his country, insisting the attention isn’t a burden on his young shoulders.
“It (the attention) doesn’t bother him,” she told SportMail.
“All Bryn is bothered about is playing football – he turns away from the attention.
“England scouts are always looking for new players but it is the majority who played for the Under-16s last season who have made the step up to the Under-17 side.”
It is not yet known whether Morris will be selected by the side’s coaches, John Peacock and Kenny Swain, to wear the captain’s armband at the tournament.
But back at club level he will be pushing for a place in Boro’s reserve side this season.
Tracy continued: “He has already played for the reserves a few times so we will wait and see what the season brings.
“He played for the reserves in a few pre-season games in the summer but it’s only early days in the season.
“At the moment he is looking forward to representing England.”