Carson In U-21 Squad

Last updated : 06 October 2003 By Kevin Markey
This comes as no real surprise to Whites fans as, although he has yet to make his full Leeds debut, he has been outstanding with the reserves and gave enough indication to the staff at Elland Road of his ability by letting them sell Nigel Martyn to Everton and then cancelling Danny Milosevic's contract with the club.

He is one of six players making their U-21 squad debut, along with Aston Villa duo Peter Whittingham and Liam Ridgewell, Wimbledon's Nigel Reo-Coker, Coventry's Calum Davenport and Spurs' Rohan Ricketts.

Carson was recommended to Platt by the Leeds coaching staff and he has been watched by England scouts at reserve games. England cannot qualify for the 2004 finals, prompting Platt to discard several players at this level, with 13 of the 21 squad eligible for the next tournament.

Squad in full: Ambrose, Ameobi (both Newcastle), Ashton (Crewe), Bent (Ipswich), Burch (Tottenham), Carson (Leeds), Davenport (Coventry), Davies (Middlesbrough), Defoe (West Ham), Grant (Derby), Jagielka (Sheffield United), Jenas (Newcastle), Johnson (Chelsea), Ricketts (Tottenham), Ridgewell (Aston Villa), Reo-Coker (Wimbledon), Prutton (Southampton) Sidwell (Reading), Taylor (Portsmouth), Whittingham (Aston Villa), Wright-Phillips (Manchester City).