By Calum McClurkin
Ayr United Football Academy are thrilled that Finn Ecrepont has earned a call up to the Scotland Under-16 squad for games against England, Qatar and Uruguay this week.
The imposing young defender is included in Brian McLaughlin’s squad along with players from Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Celtic.
Head of Youth, David White said: ‘We are delighted that Finn from our current Under-17 squad has been selected for the Scottish national Under-16 tournament this week. He is in the squad for the three games against Qatar, Uruguay and England. It will be three different styles of play and three different types of game to be involved in. It will be fantastic for his development.
‘From the Academy’s point of view, we are absolutely thrilled for Finn. The work and responsibility he has taken for himself to become a better player has been bearing foot with international recognition. I’m sure all the team-mates that play with Finn, the coaches and backroom staff would also like to wish Finn well this week. And that he has to continue the standards that he is at here for his country.
‘Personally, I want him to be confident all the time. He deserves his national place and is capable at that level. He can cope with the level of player he is with and against. He’s at that level, no question.
‘Finn is a role model and a mentor for the younger players. He takes the utmost responsibility for his development. He gets to training on time, he does extra training on his own watch, he has an intensity to all his work and his focus and desire is first class. Combine that with his physical attributes and natural talent, is the ingredients of success.’
‘I’d like to thank the manager, Ian McCall, for recognising this. Over the last month, he has trained with the first team on Thursday and Friday morning and the gaffer is delighted with how he has applied himself in that environment. His attitude and dedication has really caught the eye and it proves that if you’ve got the focus and desire, there is an opportunity at Ayr United.
‘It is important to keep the feet on the ground and stay focused, but I’m sure he will continue to drive forward and grow as a player.’
There are players from Tottenham, Celtic and Sunderland in the Scotland squad, so it is a major feather in the Academy cap for Ayr to have a player in the national set-up at this age. Following on from Alan Forrest’s call-up to last year’s Scotland Under-21 side, the evidence is mounting that the work at the Ayr United Football Academy is being well and truly noticed.
‘It fills us all with pride,’ said White. ‘It must fill him with pride, too, seeing the big clubs involved. It’s brilliant but it has to continue, we need to keep pushing to get players into the national squads. Alan last year and Finn this year, that has to be positive for us and they should have an eye on us.
‘Anyone could be watching and there are plenty of scouts now that have an eye on Ayr United players. It’s a great place to be at the moment. The chances of international football and first-team football are there.’
The first match of three is 1pm at Oriam on Tuesday July 25 against Qatar.
The second is an Auld Enemy clash with England at Forthbank Stadium two days later at 5.30pm. The final game is against Uruguay at Oriam at 1pm, Saturday July 29.
Good luck, Finn!
catch the link to matches via SFA site