Pilgrims to Lions

FOLLOWERS of Argyle's youth policy could well have the chance to see up to three of our recent products playing, for the first time, on the Home Park pitch...

...when we stage our first England International game in more than 25 years. 

The Football Association has awarded our club the Under-20s game against the USA, with Aidy Boothroyd's young lions taking on their North American counterparts on Sunday, March 29 (3pm). Goalkeeper Christian Walton, defender Lloyd Jones, and possibly striker Sam Gallagher, who is back in action for Southampton after being on the injured list for some time, could be included in the England squad. 

Christian joined Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion during the first year of his apprenticeship here at Home Park, while Lloyd was sold to Liverpool as a 15-year-old schoolboy when the club was in administration. Sam, who had been offered an apprenticeship by us, was tempted away from Home Park in the summer of 2012 by the Saints. He enjoyed a good spell of first-team football in the second half of last season but unfortunately picked up an injury in the pre-season; it is pleasing to know he has been back in action in the last month. 

Argyle Academy Head Kevin Hodges said: "I was very excited with this news and it would be great if some of our former players were in the squad. It would be good for our youngsters to attend the game, not only to enjoy the football, but to use this opportunity as an educational aid. '

"It would also be nice to think that the Academy has played a big part in producing players of this calibre. This demonstrates to our current players through hard work what can be achieved. Let us not forget that Curtis Nelson and Matt Lecointe have also had international call-ups at Under-18 level within the last five years."

Argyle Members who wish to reserve their seats for this game can do by contacting the ticket office before Wednesday, March 11.