Paul Bodin Selects Five Bluebirds Players For Wales Under-19 Fixtures

Paul Bodin Selects Five Bluebirds Players For Wales Under-19 Fixtures

Cardiff City have five players in the Wales squad for back-to-back under-19 internationals against Iceland in North Wales.

Sion Spence, Ryan Reynolds, Jack Bodenham, Adam Sharif and George Ratcliffe are the five who will face Iceland at the Corbett Sports Stadium, Rhyl.

The Bluebirds have rearranged their under-18 match Academy match against Sheffield United , due to be played this weekend.

Wales play Iceland on Saturday (September 2, 3pm) and Monday (5pm).

Manager Paul Bodin will assess his young players ahead of future Uefa qualification matches.

Barry’s Sion Spence is a dynamic central midfield player with a good range of passing.

He played at Wembley when he captained Romilly Primary School who played in a national cup final. First joined City’s Academy at under-8 level and made his Bluebirds under-23 debut at the age of 16 last season.

Caernarfon’s Reynolds joined the Bluebirds from Everton. His 17th birthday is this month.

The defender is tenacious and confident with an excellent work ethic and leadership qualities.

Sharif, a 16-year-old who studied at Cathays High School, is a creative, ball playing centre-back, while Jack Bodenham is a big central defender who emerged through Cardiff’s Advanced Development Centre in Newport. His 18th birthday is later this month.

Newport-born Ratcliffe, who celebrates his 17th birthday this month, is a former St Julian’s High School pupil.

A commanding, reliable and composed goalkeeper, who has been with Cardiff City’s Academy for a number of years.

Wales under-19 squad for two matches v Iceland: George Ratcliffe (Cardiff City), Adam Przybek (West Brom), Adam Sharif (Cardiff City), Jack Bodenham (Cardiff City), Brandon Cooper (Swansea City), Billy Sass Davies (Crewe Alex), Mitchell Clark (Aston Villa), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Joe Lewis (Swansea City), Ryan Reynolds (Cardiff City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Sion Spence (Cardiff City), Mason Jones-Thomas (Swansea City), Kieran Evans (Swansea City), Daniel Mooney (Fleetwood Town), Brandon Oddy (Norwich City), Robbie Burton (Arsenal), James Spruce (Bristol Rovers), Kieran Holsgrove (West Brom), Jack Vale (Blackburn Rovers).

Coach Craig Bellamy and his Cardiff City under-18 team have drawn two and lost one of their first three fixtures this season.

Cardiff’s line-up was: Ratcliffe, C Davies, Sharif, Reynolds, Bodenham, Bowen, Parsons, Wootton, J Davies, Spence, Evans. Subs: Jones, Burwood, Margatson, Smith, Williams.

Cardiff Under-18 Academy fixtures 2017-18


Saturday 12 v Hull City (away), drew 2-2

Saturday 19 v Burnley (home), lost 1-2

Saturday 26 v Nottingham Forest, drew 3-3


Saturday 16 v Leeds United (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Thursday 21 v Birmingham City (away,Wast Hills Training Ground, 11.30am)

Saturday 30 v QPR (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, noon)


Saturday 7 v Watford (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, noon)

Saturday 21 v Colchester United (Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Thursday 26 v Crystal Palace (away, Beckenham North, 11.30am


Saturday 4 v Bristol City (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Saturday 11 v Ipswich Town (away, ITFC Training Ground, 11am)

Thursday 16 v Coventry City (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11.30am)

Saturday 25 v Millwall (away, Millwall FC training ground, noon)


Saturday 2 v Charlton Athletic (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, noon)

Saturday 9 v QPR (away, Imperial Harlington, noon)



Saturday 6 v Colchester United (away, Florence Park, 11am)

Saturday 13 v Crystal Palace (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Saturday 20 v Ipswich Town (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Saturday 27 v Bristol City (away, BCFC Training Ground, 11am)


Saturday 3 v Coventry City (away, Alan Higgs Centre, 11.30am)

Saturday 10 v Millwall (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, noon)

Saturday 17 v Watford (away, UCL Sports Ground, 10.30am)

Saturday 24 v Charlton Athletic (away, CAFC Training Ground, noon)


Saturday 10 v Bolton Wanderers (away, Academy Way, Bolton, 11am)

Saturday 17 v Barnsley (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Friday 23 v Sheffield Wednesday (away, Middlewood Training Ground, 11am)

Wednesday 28 v Sheffield United (home, USW Sports Park, Treforest, 11am)


Saturday 7 v Huddersfield Town (home, Leckwith Int Stadium, 11am)

Saturday 14 v Crewe Alexandra (away, Alexandra Park,1.30pm)

Cardiff City under-19 team will take part in the FAW Youth Cup this season, while the under-18 squad will learn their FA Youth Cup Third Round opponents in November.

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