Middlesbrough pair win England U18 praise

Middlesbrough pair Jonathan Franks and Richie Smallwood both won praise from England U18 coach Brian Eastick after last night's friendly victory over Austria.

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Eastick said: "Richie is a great footballer and played really well when he came on in the second-half.

"Franksy has been in and around the team for a while now so we are aware of his ability but both players are excellent prospects.

"Middlesbrough have a good reputation for producing young talent and it seems a club policy to give the young lads a chance which can be really beneficial to them and it showed."

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