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Gilliead Stars In England Win

Written by Newcastle Utd

Academy striker Alex Gilliead has made his debut for England under-16s in an impressive 4-0 Victory Shield win over Wales

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Magpies youngster Alex Gilliead helped England under-16s to a 4-0 Victory Shield win over Wales on his international debut.

Consett lad Gilliead, 15, was a 54th minute substitute at the Abbey Business Stadium - home of Cheltenham Town - when he replaced MK Dons' highly-rated Seyi Ojo.

The Three Lions were already two goals to the good by then, with captain Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea scoring after just three minutes and Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair doubling the advantage on 14 minutes.

Chelsea's Alex Kiwomya - the son of former Bradford player Andy and nephew of ex-Arsenal star Chris Kiwomya - added a third in the 67th minute and Reise Alassani of Crystal Palace got a spectacular fourth ten minutes later as the Newcastle man put in a lively showing.

Pacy striker Gilliead, who attends St. Bede's Catholic School, represented the Magpies in the Lion City Cup in Thailand last summer and helped United win the Total Football Show Academy Cup in August.

He recently attended an England training camp at Keele University along with team-mate Freddie Woodman, who was placed on standby for the squad.

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