Carlisle United have the chance to get their hands on some silverware today - at St George's Park.

The Blues' reserves are set to face AFC Bournemouth in the Central League Cup final.

And the action will unfold at the Football Association's national football centre at Burton upon Trent this afternoon.

It will see a number of United's up-and-coming players the chance to impress at the home of England's national football teams.

Carlisle are likely to field the likes of Josh Dixon and Lewis Bell in the clash with Shaun Cooper's Cherries.

But the Cumbrians are unlikely to include some of the other fringe men who were in last night's first-team squad at Cheltenham.

First-year pros including Liam Lightfoot, Charlie Barnes and Tom Wilson could feature, with youth team players Keelan Leslie - recently offered professional terms - and Sam Fishburn among the other contenders.

First-year youth players will also make up the United squad, while head coach Chris Beech recently expressed his hope that January signing Morgan Feeney might be able to feature in the game on his return from a broken foot.

Beech, speaking about the game after last night's draw at Whaddon Road, said it was a shame the final fell so soon after a long midweek away trip, which made it harder for him to consider using more senior players.

"We've got a team to represent us - it would be nice to have a stronger team but it’s a good opportunity for some of the first-year pros," he said.

"I thank them for their patience because they haven’t had much opportunity, but that’s because the standards have gone up and the team’s playing higher."

Bournemouth have a good recent record in the competition having won the trophy in 2019.

Their midfielder Keelan O'Connell told his club's official channels: "These occasions where you get to play on a nice pitch and where England's training ground is, not many people get to do that. It is good for us."

Kick-off is 2pm and the News & Star will be at St George's Park to report on the final.