Wolves starlet called up to England under-17 squad

Wolves starlet Ben O’Hanlon won’t have time to develop a sun tan when he jets off to the Algarve.

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For the academy youngster, from Holmer Lake in Telford, will be busy preparing with his England under-17 team-mates for March’s European Championship qualifiers.

The 16-year-old’s inclusion in John Peacock’s 20-man squad – which also includes Derby County youngster Mason Bennett – is the latest recognition for the promising left-back.

The former pupil of Lord Silkin School has already earned himself five England youth caps after his defensive talents were spotted by former Thomas Telford School director of football Kenny Swain, who drafted him into his Victory Shield squad.

O’Hanlon has been on Wolves’ books since he was 10 and has captained Shropshire’s county side at under-14 and under-15 level.

England face Portugal, Germany and Holland in the Algarve Tournament from February 8 to February 12, before meeting Portugal again at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on March 23 in their first Euro qualifier.

They then return close to their base at St George’s to tackle Russia and Slovenia on March 25 and 28 at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

Ben’s mother, Lorraine, said: “It will be a great experience for Ben to spend time at St George’s.

“He’s already played for England in the Victory Shield at under-16s level and the Nordci tournament in the Faroes Islands with the under-17s.

“He’s been a Wolves fan since he was little so it’s been a dream for him getting into their Academy. His coach there is Mick Halsall and they are all delighted for him that he’s doing so well with England.

“I ferry him back and forth three and four nights a week from home as he’s not old enough to drive, but it’s worth it as football is all he’s ever wanted to do.”