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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.

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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