Fleetwood boss wants England call-up for stars

Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon
Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon
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FLEETWOOD Town boss Micky Mellon is tipping four of his players for international honours.

Scouts on the look-out for talent to augment the England C non-league squad were among the crowd at Highbury on Tuesday night to see Town draw 1-1 with erstwhile league leaders Wimbledon.

But Mellon picked out four players who he believes should be earning England recognition already, in a representative line-up made of non-league players under the age of 23.

He said: “I know there was an England C scout at the Wimbledon match, and I can’t believe there are better players around than my two full-backs Shaun Beeley and Junior Brown, my goalkeeper Scott Davies and new striker George Donnelly.

“All I can say is there must be some world-beaters around if none of them can get in.”

Fleetwood follow up their match with Wimbledon with a clash at Highbury tomorrow against a side from the other end of the table, strugglers Hayes and Yeading.

Mellon said: “The game is every bit as important as the one against Wimbledon.

“In fact, we have 20 massive games coming up.”

While Fleetwood were drawing with the Dons on Tuesday, Hayes and Yeading fought out a 3-3 draw with Rushden & Diamonds, surrendering a 3-0 advantage, much to the obvious annoyance of their manager Garry Haylock.

Mellon is not expecting to make any changes to those on duty for the draw on Tuesday, a result which maintained Fleetwood’s fourth place in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

He said: “Hayes and Yeading will be very disappointed to let a 3-0 goal lead slip like that – they are a side that will score goals and we will have to be aware of that.”

Hayes also concede goals as well, having let in 50 in 26 matches.

Fleetwood were more than a match for high-flying Wimbledon in midweek, and could easily have won.

Mellon is planning to take the players through the DVD of the Wimbledon clash, pointing areas for potential improvement, as well as where it went right.

He said: “We didn’t half pass the ball well and can take a lot of positives, but the DVD has shown why we get frustrated at times – our finishing needs to be better, and we just need to take a little bit more care with that aspect of our game.”

Meantime, Mellon is not the only man to be impressed by the magnificent new East Stand, which is still being developed, as Wimbledon boss Terry Brown was also very complimentary.

Mellon said: “Their manager told me what a great place it was to play football.

“It is also bound to lift our players, playing in front of a main stand like that.

“I remember what the ground was like when I first arrived here – in those days, what I had behind my dug-out was a tea-bar. Now I have got this monstrous structure!”

Mellon reports no fresh injury concerns for tomorrow. Defender Paul Linwood has had an operation on his knee this week, while Fleetwood are continuing to monitor Jamie Milligan, who has also been nursing a knee injury.

Mellon continues to monitor the potential for bringing in fresh blood during the transfer window, though he admits some players will have to go out before he can bring in anyone new.

One player Mellon is keen to get back is Jon Worthington, the transfer-listed Oldham midfielder, whose loan spell at Highbury was cut short through injury, and he returned to Boundary Park earlier than expected.