England U-16 call for Kebbie

HIPPERHOLME Grammar School student Elliot Kebbie has been called up in to the England under-16 squad.

The 14-year-old, who is also a leading schoolboy athlete, is with Leeds United Academy although he is currently being courted by Everton after they saw him playing for Manchester United in a tournament in Holland in the spring.

While playing in Holland – with the blessing of the Yorkshire club's academy boss Neil Thompson – Elliot (pictured above) injured an but not before he whetted the appetite of the Goodison Park contingent.

However, it looks at this stage of the talented youngster's career that Manchester United have called off their involvement as word has it they "would be fleeced" at an FA tribunal as Leeds United would definitely take them to one after coaching him for the past seven years.

Everton, according to his mother, Ms Maggie Goodyear, don't appear fazed by the the prospect and just feel the `boy' is "different class".

"He is very happy at Leeds and has been through to see them in the past week to sign papers to go to Burton-on-Trent and join up with the England squad, and he actually played for their under-16s last Saturday against Wolverhampton Wanderers and had a very good game. They have asked him if he is available to play another game this Saturday.

"However, Everton are keen and would even come and collect him for training and return him safely to our Sowerby Bridge home, but for now his mother is taking him and he is not making any decision.

"We will just see how he fares with the England squad although he is likely to be the youngest player there," she added.

Elliot's cousin, nine-year-old Lahia Kebbie, who is on Fulham's Academy books for the under-10s, has been up from London for a few days and on Tuesday evening went to Leeds United and joined in with their under-12 academy squad, impressing those in charge at Thorp Arch in the process.