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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd’s Scotland striker Mark Beck could face England’s Potts

Carlisle United’s teenage stars Mark Beck and Brad Potts could be doing battle AGAINST each other in international football.

Mark Beck photo
Mark Beck

Striker Beck has been called up by Scotland’s Under-19s for the elite qualifying round for the European Championships.

And versatile Potts is on standby for England’s Under-19s – who play Scotland in their round-robin of fixtures.

For Beck it continues his impressive rise into the Scottish ranks after he scored on his debut against Sweden in March.

The 19-year-old will be available to face Belgium, Georgia and England in Belgium between May 24 and 29.

“It’s unbelievable,” Beck said. “I’m over the moon that I’ve been selected.

The Sunderland-born striker qualifies through a grandfather and added: “It’ll be strange playing against England because I’ve grown up thinking of it as my country. But I’ve been selected to play for Scotland and I will go out there to do my best for them if I’m chosen to play.”

The UEFA U19 European Championship finals are due to be held in Lithuania later this year. Potts will find out next week if he has a place in the England squad.

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