England C call for Forest Green duo

11:39am Tuesday 18th February 2014

FOREST Green duo Jamie Turley and James Norwood will fly to the Middle East next month after being named in the England C squad.

Turley and Norwood face an exciting trip in March when they travel to the Jordanian capital, Amman.

Paul Fairclough's men will take on Jordan's Under-23 side with the Three Lions preparing for May's International Challenge Trophy game with Slovakia, whilst their hosts are readying themselves for the qualifying stages of the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Three Lions fly out on Sunday 2 March ahead of the game two days later.

"This is yet another fantastic opportunity for the players and staff to experience a different culture," said Fairclough.

"Nestling in the borders of Lebanon, Israel, Syria Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan has an amazing history.

"It will be important that the travelling squad are given the opportunity to perceive and experience the rich heritage."

Jordan's national team is currently ranked 65th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Football is hitting new heights in the country with the senior side making into the final play-off match for this year's World Cup Finals.

Their hopes were ended by Luis Suarez's Uruguay 5-0 on aggregrate.

Jordan's Shadi Abu Hashhash tackles Luis Suarez

Fairclough added "We do not know what to expect in terms of style and method, but that is not new for the England C team.

"Football has a universal language and the fixture will be played with enthusiasm and respect.

"It will be perfect in assisting me with preparation for our all-important International Challenge Trophy clash against Slovakia in May."

The General Secretary of the Jordan FA, Khalil H. Al Salem is looking forward to the visit of the England team and to forging closer links between the two associations.

"I would like to hope that this is the first positive step towards more systematic national team exchanges in the future, for our men's and women's teams alike," he said.

It is expected that the management team and some of the players will take part in a coaching session for some youngsters in Amman.

The match takes place in the King Abdullah Stadium in Amman on Tuesday 4 March.

Goalkeepers: Daniel Weston (Hereford United FC), Andrew Coughlin (Wrexham FC).

Defenders: Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers FC), Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town FC), Fraser Franks (Luton Town FC), Jack Holland (Bromley FC), Michael Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers FC), Elliott Frear (Salisbury City FC), Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

Midfielders: James Armson (Nuneaton Town FC), Luke Berry (Cambridge United FC), Jake Gallagher (Welling United FC), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet FC).

Forwards: Andre Gray (Luton Town FC), Jake Hyde (Barnet FC), James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers FC).

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