Two academy products earn international bow.The work of Colchester United's Academy continues to bear fruit, with two of its young talents making their international debuts in the past two weeks.
15-year-old Milo Downey and 14-year-old Louis Dunne have represented Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively, as the U's efforts to develop the best in young talent step up another level.
Milo has been with the club since the age of 8, progressing through each of the schoolboy squads and was offered an academy scholarship at the start of this season, guaranteeing his future at Colchester United at least until he is 18.
Milo earned three caps with Northern Ireland during an international training week, following up substitute appearances against Wales and Iceland with a first start against Faroe Islands.
Louis Dunne - son of first team manager Joe - has played up in age groups this season, featuring regularly in U15s games this season as well as tasting U16s football.
"They both deserve huge credit for the attitude and application they have shown and fully deserve the international recognition they have received.
Both Louis and Milo have been in our Academy programme for a number of years and have shown a real determination and desire to develop their natural ability and to improve their game knowledge and understanding.