Wolves Academy scholar Ben O’Hanlon has headed into the new campaign on the crest of a wave after landing further England recognition at the pre-season Nordic tournament in the Faroe Islands.
Telford-based O’Hanlon followed up his Victory Shield appearances for England at Under-16 level last season by turning out for the Under-17s in three of the tournament’s fixtures last month.
Wolves Academy manager Kevin Thelwell was delighted to see O’Hanlon graduate to the Under-17 ranks, ahead of hopefully being involved in European Championships qualifiers in Estonia next month.
“Ben was called up for the Nordics which was an Under-17 tournament in the Faroe Islands,” Thelwell confirms.
“Of the four games England played there Ben played in two-and-a-half.
“It proved very good experience for him and building on what he learned from being involved in the Victory Shield last season.
“It shows what the England selectors think of him and the feedback has been very positive about his performances.
“We talk about the value of our young lads playing international football and have a lot involved from Under-12 level upwards.
“To be involved and play for England is a terrific boost and will really help Ben’s football education.
“He can now take all those experiences into life here at Wolves as he starts his first year as a full-time scholar.
“He’s had a great pre-season with us, has then spent eight or nine days away playing for his country, and can now head into the campaign aiming to push on again.”