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Bradley wears Three Lions with pride

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

Weston College footballer Bradley Ash, 17, who has been selected to play for his England.  He is set to make his debut appearance for the England Colleges football team against Australia Schools later today  Picture: Jon Kent

Weston College footballer Bradley Ash, 17, who has been selected to play for his England. He is set to make his debut appearance for the England Colleges football team against Australia Schools later today Picture: Jon Kent

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Talented Weston College student Bradley Ash – who started playing football at the age of four – has been selected to play for his country.

Bradley, 17, will make his debut appearance for the England Colleges football team against Australia today.

Bradley is in the second year of an Extended Diploma in Sport and is one of the youngest players ever to turn out for the first team of Skrill South side Weston-super-Mare AFC.

He now follows in the footsteps of Premier League players like Norwich City winger Anthony Pilkington, who began his career with the National Colleges side.

After passing regional trials in Bridgwater, midfielder Bradley went on to be selected for England. Selected players follow a programme similar to that of the FA's England Youth national teams, and talent scouts from professional and non-league clubs and US universities attend England Colleges football fixtures.

Bradley, from Pawlett, near Burnham-on-Sea, said: "I was so happy to be selected for my country and I'm really looking forward to playing well and scoring some goals.

"I want to do the best I can because it could lead to some amazing opportunities in professional football."

Former King Alfred's School student Bradley played for the Bristol City Football Academy between the ages of 12 and 14 and then went on to the Jamie Shore Soccer School at Clifton College. One of his career highlights so far includes playing for Weston-super-Mare FC and England's semi-professional team.

Weston College sports development and performance manager, Paul Taylor, said: "It's a real honour for him, and for Weston College, to be selected to play for his country."

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