Josh gains first England cap

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Josh Ollerenshaw has been called up to  England C squad.

Josh Ollerenshaw was called up to England C squad.

SEAGULLS goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw has won his first England cap after a surprise call-up by England C ahead of their final International Challenge Trophy group game against Estonia Under 23s at The Shay in Halifax tonight (Tuesday).
Josh came off the bench for the last couple of minutes in a 4-2 England win, with Chester’s Kingsley James and Omar Bogle of Solihull Moors among the scorers, and was presented with his cap after the game, watched by a crowd of 2,388.
Josh commented: “It was an unbelievable feeling – despite only touching the ball once!”
The 24-year-old got a late call on Sunday afternoon to report to the England team’s hotel in Leeds and he trained with the squad on Monday and Tuesday before hearing he was on the bench.
He was called up because Calum Kitscha of Hale and Yeading was injured in his club game’s home defeat to Bromley in the Conference South on Saturday and had to withdraw with concussion, while Wrexham’s Andy Coughlin was ruled out with a hand injury.
“It is a great honour and tremendous experience just to be involved and to have been considered at all,” said Josh.
“The call came out of the blue and everything has happened so fast, but just walking out to training wearing the England badge was a very proud feeling.”