NEWPORT County’s youngsters are gearing up to represent their country during the international break.

19-year-old forward Lewis Collins and on-loan centre-back Brandon Cooper have been named in Paul Bodin’s squad for their UEFA Under-21 Euro 2021 qualifier against Belgium.

They are joined by Exiles academy graduates Mo Touray, now at League Two rivals Salford, and Regan Poole, of MK Dons, who have also been included in Bodin’s squad for the upcoming qualifier in Leuven.


It’s the first time Collins has been called up to the Under-21 squad, having previously represented Wales at under-17 and 19 level.

And having impressed at the back for Michael Flynn’s side, who are currently unbeaten and at the top of the League Two table, Cooper looks set to add to his six caps at this level.

After two wins and three defeats, Wales are currently unbeaten in their qualifying group and sit in fourth place, four points behind group leaders Belgium, who they face on Friday.

Cooper and Collins will subsequently miss the Exiles’ Sky Bet League Two clash against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium the following day.

After the match with Collins will then be joining up with the Under-19 squad for a friendly against England at St George’s Park on Tuesday, October 13.

Also included in the squad is former Newport County AFC academy goalkeeper Lewis Webb.

Meanwhile, two Exiles youngsters have been included as part of a four-day training squad with the Welsh Under-17 side.

Sonny Lewis and Jack Karadogan are a part of the squad as they begin preparations for their UEFA Under-17 EURO 2021 Qualifying Round in early 2021, where they will face France, Andorra and hosts Scotland.

Lewis became the youngest player to represent the Exiles after he was handed his first-team debut at the age of 15 in the EFL Trophy clash against Cheltenham Town last month.

Karadogan recently joined County after putting pen-to-paper on a scholarship deal for the 2020/21 campaign.

It means that County have a representative from their academy in each Wales squad, with centre back Ben Cabango named in Ryan Giggs’ senior squad.

“It’s great to see Sonny and Jack both called up to this week’s camp,” said Newport County AFC Academy Manager Damien Broad.

“I imagine it’s the first time the academy has been represented at all levels of the Welsh set up, with current and former academy players involved in the senior, under-21, under-19 and under-17 squads.

“This is fantastic news for the club and goes to show that the Football Association of Wales are recognising the undoubted talent we have in our local area and academy.

“For our current youngsters at the club it’s clear that, if you are performing well, the opportunity is there to represent your country. That’s a great motivation for any young player.”