Webster earns England under-19 chance

Adma Webster Picture: Joe Pepler
Adma Webster Picture: Joe Pepler

Adam Webster’s late-season surge has seen him force his way into England under-19 reckoning.

The Pompey defender was recalled from his loan spell with Aldershot Town by Blues boss Andy Awford when he was in caretaker charge and repaid the manager instantly with a string of impressive performances.

The 19-year-old netted the only goal of the game, which was also his first senior strike, in the crucial 1-0 win over Hartlepool at Fratton Park.

He then followed that with another goal in the 3-2 home win over Bristol Rovers, before coming on as substitute in the 4-4 draw at Bury.

But he was back in the starting line-up for the final game of the campaign – the 3-3 draw with Plymouth Argyle.

Although Webster was originally on standby for the under-19s, he has now been called into the squad for their training camp ahead of three forthcoming vital European qualifying fixtures and joins team-mate Jack Whatmough in the set-up.

Boss Andy Awford said: ‘I’m delighted for Webbo.

‘He has come back from Aldershot and was great for us.

‘I think he played a massive part in what we did at the end of the season.

‘He deserves his call-up and it will improve him as a player.

It’s the same with Jack and there are not too many League Two clubs who have got two players in the England under-19 training camp.

‘We are delighted for the pair of them.

He joins 17-year-old team-mate Whatmough, who was also on the standby list but was elevated into the squad last week.

Former Blues defender and England under-19 coach, Noel Blake, will select his squad of 18 for the European Under-19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round matches against Montenegro, Ukraine and Scotland after a training camp.

After the opening game with Montenegro at Walsall on May 24, England will then face old rivals Scotland on Monday, May 26, and Ukraine on Thursday, May 29, with both of those games at Burton Albion’s Pirrelli Stadium.