Hartpury student king crowns goal-scoring performance with England Schools selection

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Hartpury College student King Baidoo scored twice in a 6-0 victory over the Royal Navy to cement his place in the England Schoolboys squad.

The 17-year-old centre forward helped his side to a comfortable victory over the Navy, securing his spot in this season’s final 18-man squad.

He will link up with the side again in March for the Centenary Shield, where he will play the home nations. The team will kick off with home games against the Republic of Ireland and Scotland respectively on Friday 16, and Friday 23rd March. They’ll then travel to Wales on 29 March before playing their final game in Northern Ireland on 6 April.

The extended diploma football student, was one of three Hartpury students to make the 32 for the final set of trials. Held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the trio were put through their paces with games against the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy’s Under-23 teams. All had previously come through two sets of regional trials, before representing the South West in a game against the South East to earn themselves a place in the last-32.

Despite Baidoo claiming his place, Harrison Harvey-Seale and Romeo Yao unfortunately missed out on the final 18.  Baidoo, a Right to Dream academy graduate from Ghana, has been in great form for his Hartpury side this season, scoring 16 goals already this season.

Hartpury have a long history of students showcasing their skills as part of the England Schoolboys setup. Last season Hartpury had students making up a quarter of the final squad with Kingsford Adjei, Frank Arhin, Max Harris and Jordan Staten all selected. Prior to that, current professional footballer for Danish Superlig side Aarhus GF, Mustapha Bundu, was part of the squad alongside fellow student Lewis Fogg.

Paul Tassell, Hartpury’s junior football academy manager, said: “King has been brilliant for us so far this season and his place in the squad is well deserved. We’re looking forward to him showing what he’s capable of on an international stage. Romeo and Harrison were unfortunate to miss out but we’re delighted to have them back helping our push for more silverware this season.”

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