Berrett-Irelands gain Englands loss

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James Berrett has been outstanding for the Huddersfield Town under-18 side this season and was rightly given his first international cap when he starred against Holland for the Republic of Ireland under-18s in January. Now the 18-year old has his first international honour as the Eire side have won the Four-Nation Tournament in Portugal!

The tournament commenced on the 1st March and saw the Republic side pitted against Georgia, Belgium and the host nation Portugal in three separate matches. Town midfielder Berrett featured in the opening two matches, a victory over Georgia and a draw with Belgium, and his team-mates finished the job against Portugal on Sunday with a 1-0 victory.

Academy Manager Gerry Murphy was thrilled for James.

‘I’m pleased for James. I went to watch him in his first international game for the Republic when they faced Holland and I thought he was the man-of-the-match and unlucky not to score.

We were told repeatedly by England that they were looking at calling him up, but it never happened and so James took the opportunity to play for Ireland (James qualifies through his grandparents). The door has not shut for him with regards to playing for England at a more senior level, but for now it’s definitely England’s loss and Ireland’s gain!

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