BRIDGWATER & Taunton College football starlet Callum Watts has been selected for the England Colleges National Squad.

Watts, along with five other of his BTC team mates, attended the first South West trial at SGS College along with Colleges all from the South West.

After this trial, Watts and Harley Wilkinson were both selected to attend the final trial at Hartpury College where students from all over the country then battled it out in a series of matches.

Wilkinson has made it onto the standby list, however Watts has the honour of representing his country in their upcoming games - including a tour to Italy in April.

His first game will be against Future Elite Sports at Slough FC on November 24.

This follows a two day training camp at England’s National Football Centre, St George’s Park, where the squad will play a game against England’s Independent Schools Team.

Watts, who made his Taunton Town league debut off the bench in Saturday's win over Blackfield & Langley said “I’ve worked extremely hard and put a lot of time and effort into this.

"I’m very happy and thank England Colleges for selecting me.

"I also want to thank Team BTC and their staff in particular for supporting me through my course and helping me kick on with my football this year. I would recommend BTC to all aspiring footballers”

Jamie Laird, Team BTC manager, said: “Since working with Callum again over pre-season in the Summer at the College he has worked extremely hard with our expert coaches and thoroughly deserves his call up.

"He has put in several outstanding performances for our Under-18s and College team who compete in the top level of College football and also in our fantastic FA Youth Cup run.

"Over recent years it’s been great to have so many of our students go on to represent their country at College level, not just in football.”

There was more success for Bridgwater & Taunton College's footballers last week, with victory at the regional 7-a-side festival in Plymouth last Thursday.

The squad of Nathan Byrne, Noah Coppin, James Cottrill, Harry Mason, Luke Manley, Patrick O'Halloran, Ryan Sandford, Callum Watts and Harley Wilkinson secured qualification for the national finals, the second time in three years that the BTC team have achieved this.

The players all feature regularly in the Bridgwater Town Under-18 side which is top of the South West Counties Youth League, and reached the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.