Fratton quartet poised for World Cup

Pompey youngster Patrick Antelmi
Pompey youngster Patrick Antelmi
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Pompey could boast four players in next month’s under-17 World Cup.

June 18 will see the launch of the 24-team tournament in Mexico, which will last three weeks.

And a quartet of Blues starlets are poised to be involved.

Sam Magri will be present, having kept his place in England’s squad.

The central defender impressed during the European Championships earlier this month.

He could be joined across the Atlantic by three of his Academy team-mates.

Alex Grant, James Fitzharris and Patrick Antelmi have all been named in Australia’s provisional 35-man squad.

This will be whittled down to 21 in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

Nonetheless, the highly-regarded trio are pushing hard for selection.

Grant is a left-back, Fitzharris a right-sided midfielder and Antelmi a striker. All have been part of Andy Awford’s Academy set-up this season and will be second-year scholars next term.

England’s group C campaign kicks off on June 19 against Rwanda.

They also have Canada (June 22) in their group, with their final first-round game against Uruguay being played on June 25.

Australia, who have been drawn alongside Brazil, kick off their campaign against the Ivory Coast on June 20.