SOUTHEND United’s young goalkeeper George Murray-Jones has been handed an England under-16 call-up.

The promising Shrimpers shot-stopper has been selected in a 22-man squad for games against Denmark and Ireland.

And Blues’ academy manager Ricky Duncan is proud to see the teenager receive international recognition.

“It’s fantastic news that George has got this call-up,” said Duncan.

“He’s an under-15 so it’s some achievement for him to be in the under-16 squad but he’s worked hard and he deserves everything that comes his way.

“He’s someone who definitely has a bright future ahead of him.”

Murray-Jones has been with Blues since the age of 13 after impressing in an open day trial.

And it did not take long for the youngster to make a name for himself.

“I remember the under-23s were short of a goalkeeper so we sent George over and after training Kevin Maher came over and said the under-16 goalkeeper had done well,” said Duncan.

“He couldn’t believe it when I told him he was only 13 but he’s one we’ve already given a scholarship to.

“He has the respect of everyone here because of the way he conducts himself and he’s another excellent young goalkeeper we’re bringing through which is credit to all the coaches working with them.”

Nathan Bishop, Ted Smith, Harry Seaden, Callum Taylor and Dan Godfrey have all played internationally after coming through the system, while Daniel Bentley now plays in the Championship.