Pompey give blessing to defender’s England trip

Jack Whatmough   Picture: Joe Pepler
Jack Whatmough Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey refused to deny Jack Whatmough his England chance.

The exciting Blues teenager is set to turn out for the Three Lions against Germany today at under-19 level.

Whatmough has travelled to Oberhausen for the game with John Peacock’s squad.

That’s despite suffering an ankle injury in the Capital One Cup defeat at Stoke.

The 18-year-old came back into training last week.

But Awford admitted yesterday’s clash with Burton Albion was likely to have arrived too soon for him to feature.

The Blues boss is happy to let him turn out for his country a day later, however.

He explained he felt couldn’t let the Gosport player be denied the chance to appear in such a prestigious fixture.

Awford said: ‘Jack’s away with England.

‘He had the ankle problem against Stoke but trained Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

‘Was he going to be ready for Sunday? I’m not sure.

‘But he should go and play for England.

‘We want him better when he comes back.

‘They are playing Germany away. How could I pull him out of game like that?

‘What a fixture that is for a young lad to be part of.’

Meanwhile, Ben Chorley, Nigel Atangana, Nick Awford and Joe Devera all remain on the sidelines for Pompey.

But Awford explained Andy Barcham wasn’t missing at Burton through injury.

He said: ‘Chorley’s a dead leg, he hasn’t recovered.

Nigel Atangana’s hamstring, Nick Awford’s shoulder and Joe Devera was 50-50 with a cricked neck.

‘Andy (Barcham) was left out of the squad. It was just a preference.’