England call-up boost for Nathan

PUBLISHED: 12:59 05 April 2007 | UPDATED: 15:03 12 May 2010

ROYSTON schoolboy Nathan Wilson will make his England under-18 debut when the national team travels to Cherbourg over Easter. The 17-year-old is part of a 12-man squad for the eight-team tournament in the French town. They will face Tunisia tomorrow (Frid

ROYSTON schoolboy Nathan Wilson will make his England under-18 debut when the national team travels to Cherbourg over Easter.

The 17-year-old is part of a 12-man squad for the eight-team tournament in the French town.

They will face Tunisia tomorrow (Friday) before playing Portugal and then hosts AS Cherbourg on Saturday.

Easter Sunday will see England play in either the semi-finals and final or play-off games against teams from the other pool - Holland, Poland, Switzerland and Caen.

Having been included in pre-tournament squads in the past without ever getting a full call-up, Nathan admits he is delighted to finally be pulling on an England vest.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to it, and it's great to finally get in the team.

"I'll probably be coming off the bench, but there's five games in three days, so I should get some court time."

Nathan learned his basketball at Greneway School before moving on to Meridian.

He now attends Barking Abbey School in East London, which is part of a nationally acclaimed basketball academy.

The 6ft 8in centre also played for Leopards Basketball Club at under-18 level, and made his National League - the second tier of the sport in this country - debut in their defeat against London Capitals on Saturday.

Nathan puts his call-up down the increased coaching he has received at Barking Abbey.

He said: "My inside play has improved a lot, and it's really helped my confidence."

When he makes his England debut tomorrow, he will be playing alongside his club-mate Ben Russell.

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