The Iron’s McDonald has a date with India

BRAINTREE Town keeper Nathan McDonald has been named in England C’s 16-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against India Under-23s, to be held at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground on Tuesday, September 6.

BRAINTREE Town keeper Nathan McDonald has been named in England C’s 16-man squad for the upcoming international friendly against India Under-23s, to be held at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground on Tuesday, September 6.

McDonald was the Iron’s player-of-the-season last term, in the club’s historic Blue Square South title-winning campaign, and he has started off this campaign in similar fashion.

He has played a major part in Alan Devonshire’s men sitting proudly in fourth spot in the Blue Square Premier, after four games, making one terrific late save at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night when the score was 1-0. McDonald blocked a goalbound shot from striker Reece Styche, who ironically has also been included in the England C squad. The Iron went on to win that game 2-0.

England C manager Paul Fairclough said of next month’s fixture: “England v India is a massive game in world cricket so it will be a fantastic honour to play them at football for the very first time at any level.”


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England C is the team that represents England at non-league level.

The full squad is as follows: Nathan McDonald (Braintree Town), Paul Farman (Gateshead), Shane Killock (AFC Telford United), Josh Law (Alfreton Town), Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers), Christopher Stokes (Forest Green Rovers), Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town), Robbie Willmott (Luton Town), Adam Watkins (Luton Town), Lindon Meikle (Mansfield Town), Sean McConville (Stockport County), Ryan Fraughan (Stockport County), Adam Boyes (Barrow), Michael West (Ebbsfleet United) and Reece Styche (Forest Green Rovers).

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