Striker Ben is on England U19 duty ahead of next month’s European Championship qualifying stages

BLYTHE Bridge’s Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton was an unused substitute when England U19’s lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in a friendly in Znojmo on Friday night.

However,he could return to the England starting line-up for tomorrow’s follow-up friendly across the border in Slovakia.

The European U19 Champions are preparing for next month’s qualifying stages of the 2018 competition in Finland, where they face the Faroe Islands (Nov 8), Iceland (Nov 11) and Bulgaria (Nov 14) in Group Eight.

Brereton was a key player in England’s the build-up to their success in the 2017 European Championships, which saw them beat Portugal 2-1 in the final in July.

The 18 year old came off the bench to net England’s only goal against Holland, in Tbiilisi, and then followed up with a strike from the penalty spot in the Young Lions 4-1 victory over Germany.

Brereton’s football career has blossomed considerably since joining Forest in 2015 after being released by Stoke City.

Since being promoted to the Forest first team from the club’s U18 squad at the start of the year the young striker has gone from strength strength.

Brereton scored on only his second League appearance for Forest against Aston Villa and has reportedly attracted interest from leading Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United.