DEEPDALE is set to be the venue for the latest schoolboy international next week.

England's U15 side take on the Republic of Ireland at Deepdale, in front of the Sky TV cameras, as part of the Walkers' schoolboy friendly series.

Included in the side will be Preston's own Andy Lonergan, who will be playing in front of a home crowd as he tries his hardest to keep a clean sheet for England.

In the past, Andy has played for the Republic of Ireland because he is of dual-nationality.

And England coach Les Reed is calling for all football fans to travel to Deepdale for the Friday night game and get behind a team of future stars.

He said: "The U15s represents some of the country's best young talent, with many progressing on from this level to a place in England's Under 18s, under 21s and the senior team.

"The game promises to be an exciting fixture with future housegold names featuring in the current U15s squad. We are looking for a big crowd."

Michael Owen, Jamie Redknapp, Terry Venables, Peter Shilton, Andy Cole and Bobby Charlton all started their careers in the under-15s.

Tickets cost £3 for adults and are free for children accompanied by an adult. The game kicks off at 7.35pm.

Converted for the new archive on 14 July 2000. Some images and formatting may have been lost in the conversion.