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International Dons

16 December 2013

Young defender Danny Collinge added a further three international caps to his name last week when he represented England Under-16s at the Nike USA Tournament.

Collinge, 14, played in all three of England’s matches at Premier Sports Campus in Florida, as the Young Lions finished the tournament with a record of two defeats and one win.

England began the tournament last Monday with a tough clash against Brazil and despite taking the lead after nine minutes courtesy of a goal from Arsenal striker Kaylen Hinds, Kenny Swain’s side were beaten 2-1.

Collinge played the full 80 minutes in that opener against the Brazilians, just as he did in the second game against the USA; a game where England were comprehensively defeated 5-1 by the tournament hosts.

Joe Gallardo hit a fine hat-trick for the Americans while Haji Wright netted a brace, as England – whose only goal came courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Marcus Edwards – lost any chance of finishing top of the group.

England, though, did end the week on a high note with a 4-3 win over Portugal last Friday. Collinge, again, was involved for the Young Lions, who came out on top thanks to goals from Liverpool’s Adam Phillips, Manchester City’s Will Patching and Arsenal duo Hinds and Chris Willock.

Collinge has now earned a total of six caps for England and is one of 10 Dons players to have received international recognition this season.

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