18-year-old in line for senior international honours
- Brodie Spencer receives first senior Northern Ireland call-up
- Young Terrier currently capped at Under-16 and Under-19 levels
- Youngster recently participated in senior training camp
18-year-old Brodie Spencer has received his first senior call-up for Northern Ireland!
The B Team defender has been called up by Ian Baraclough for his country’s four UEFA Nations League fixtures in June.
Northern Ireland’s fixtures are as follows:
2 June – Northern Ireland vs Greece - National Football Stadium in Belfast
5 June – Cyprus vs Northern Ireland - AEK Arena in Larnaca
9 June – Kosovo vs Northern Ireland - Fadil Vokrri Stadium in Pristina
12 June – Northern Ireland vs Cyprus - National Football Stadium in Belfast
The youngster participated in a four-day training camp earlier this month with Baraclough and the senior squad, and clearly impressed!
Brodie is already capped up to Under-19 level, earning all three of his caps this season. He was called upon to link up with Gerard Lyttle’s squad, who also coached Brodie as Manager of Northern Ireland’s Under-16s.
Brodie has had an excellent second season at Huddersfield Town, bypassing the Under-19 age group to join Jon Worthington’s B Team. He also signed his first professional contract with the Club in September 2021, and won the Academy Player of the Year for the 2021/22 season!
Brodie isn’t the only B Team player to have received his first senior call-up, as goalkeeper Gio Bellagambi has been called-up by Uganda’s national team!
The 20-year-old will link up with former Serbian striker Micho’s side in a provisional 33-man squad for Uganda’s AFCON 2023 qualifiers. The Cranes start their qualifiers against Algeria in Oran on Saturday 4 June, before taking on Niger on Wednesday 8 June in St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Huddersfield Town Academy Manager, Emyr Humphreys, commented:
“Everyone at the Club is delighted for Brodie and Gio.
“To have been awarded their first international senior call-ups at such a young age is a monumental achievement, and thoroughly deserved on both accounts.
“They are both excellent examples of what we ask of our B Team players - they embody our Terrier Identity and are constantly thriving to learn and improve.
“It’s a huge moment for the Academy, and we really couldn’t be any prouder.”