Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier has been selected to represent his country at this summers’ Under-19 European Championships, as announced by their official website.

Middlesbrough midfielder Marcus Tavernier is set to star for England’s Under-19s side this summer, as they look to defend their title in Finland in the European Championships.

The Middlesbrough winger spent the second-half of the season last year on loan at MK Dons in League One, but had a spell in the first team before the January window. Then-manager Garry Monk gave Tavernier his first-team chance, and capitalised on his opportunity, particularly in games against Sunderland at home, and against Bournemouth away in the EFL Cup.

When Tony Pulis arrived at the club, he was on the bench for the Welshman’s first game in charge. However, no first team opportunities arose after this, and was soon shipped out to League One on loan.

Middlesbrough will be keeping a close eye on Tavernier in the U19 Euros this summer, as he may get another chance under Pulis to impress this coming season.

England start their European Championship campaign on Tuesday 17 July against Turkey in Group B, before games against Ukraine and France within the next week. Tavernier will be looking to make his mark in Finland, and impress Pulis before the opening day of the Championship season.

The 19-year old is one of five Championship players making the trip with England. Others include Ipswich Town’s Ben Morris, Brentford’s Ellery Balcombe, West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson and Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton.


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