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INTERNATIONAL: PURZYCKI CALLED UP FOR POLAND U18s

10 June 2015

Midfielder Purzycki set for international action against Georgia.

  • Purzycki set for international action against Georgia.
  • Midfielder hoping to add to six caps for Poland Under 18s.
  • Gregor Rioch talks about the significance of youth internationals.
As Poland continue to prepare for the UEFA European Under 19 Championship qualifiers this autumn, Adrian Purzycki has again been called up to the national squad for a friendly double-header against Georgia this month.

Capped six times so far by his native Poland following his debut against England in November 2014, Purzycki will join up with the squad for the first friendly on Sunday 14 June in Tblisi, before a second friendly in the Georgian capital on Tuesday 16 June.

Poland will have their sights set on further progression in the U19 tournament, having been eliminated in the Elite Round in 2015 qualifying, just missing out on this summer’s finals in Greece.

Qualifying for the 2016 tournament will see Poland travel to Cyprus to face their hosts, as well as Bulgaria and Luxembourg.

17-year-old Purzycki completed his two-year scholarship with Latics this season, featuring 25 times during a successful campaign for the Under 18s, before being offered a professional contract at the end of March.

Academy Manager Gregor Rioch was full of praise for the youth international and says the continued call-ups are just what Purzycki deserves:

“Adrian’s a hard worker, and with hard work comes reward, a very big reward in this instance with the chance to represent his country once again.

“It’s always a proud moment for the club, Adrian himself and of course his family, who will be able to see first-hand how much he has put into being a footballer when they see him play in the friendlies over in Georgia.”

Rioch continued:

“Not only is the prestige good for Adrian, but the extra work leading into pre-season will really give him a boost ahead of a fresh season with the Development Squad.

“The experience of working outside the usual environment always helps players to learn new things, and he always applies it when he returns to us, as do Kelland (Absalom), Owen (Evans) and Matty (Hamilton) when they go to represent their countries.”

ACTION: See Adrian scoring the winning goal against Blackpool in 2014-15



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