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“He’s taken all the opportunities he can” Cheltenham Town Academy Manager reflects on Tom King’s England U18 debut

Cheltenham Town’s youngest ever EFL player made his debut against Morocco for the England U18 side on Saturday.

Tom King came on in the 59th minute and played half an hour of football in an England shirt.

The young forward was given a chance in the league earlier this season by former Robins’ boss Wade Elliott, who credits King with: “A knack of navigating the penalty area and knowing where the ball is going to land and sniffing it out.”

Tim Bell, King’s academy manager, reflected on the young Robin’s debut in Spain.

“He had some great moments yesterday against Morocco, where he had half an hour where he had some great moments off the right-hand side.”

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Bell claims that King looks just as comfortable on the international stage as he does at club level, “It’s great that he’s able to impact the game and take the game to that international level, that we know he does for us week in week out.”

The academy manager is incredibly proud that a Cheltenham Town product made his international debut “We can take real positives from the fact that our environment has helped Tom develop, it’s down to the players to take the opportunities week in and week out.”

“You never know what’s around the corner” highlights Bell hoping to motivate the other scholars and players in the academy “in Tom’s case he’s taken all the opportunities he can, and in turn, he developed into a player England want to invite on a camp.”

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