Good to see two former Boro youth players, Samuel Somerville (Jake) and Junior Eldstal in the Malaysian squad for this year.
It shows what good youth players we had at the club between 2007 and 2011. During that period, three of the players signed for Cardiff and four for Glasgow Celtic. Another youth player from that period who has done well is Jed Wallace who went on to play for Portsmouth and is currently at Millwall. A great credit to the youth management at the time.
Jake had a couple of games I think, but the others moved on. Wallace, and Rolls at Cardiff in particular, had/are having excellent careers, although Wallace was originally a loan player from Portsmouth, who went back, I believe! It's a shame that they never were given a proper long term chance to show their talents in first eleven action for the Boro!!
It's also possible that some youth players are tied to agents who, ultimately make the money!! Steve King always denied he was an agent though!!
Academies are a great idea, but why go to all the expense to make a product for someone else, without recompense?
Players called to the National Squad Training Camp from May 16th, 2021 in preparation for the last three games of Group G, Round 2 World Cup Qualifier 2022 / Asia Cup 2023 meet UAE (June 3rd, 2021), Vietnam (June 11, 2021) and Thailand (June 15th, 2021) in Dubai, UAE.