16-Yr-Old Goalkeeper’s National Debut

November 14, 2011

In this weekend’s win against Barbados, Bermuda’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Dale Eve made his debut coming on in place of Mikkail Crockwell in the 46th minute.  The former Dandy Town star – who did not concede any goals – became one of the youngest players to ever represent Bermuda in a senior international football game.

The 6ft 4in goalie – who has a two-year development contract with England’s Stoke City Youth side – received a last minute emergency callup to fly back to serve as a replacement for the Bermuda National Squad’s two regular goalkeepers.

Number one choice Freddy Hall was allowed to stay in England to prepare for Northampton’s FA Cup tie against Luton today [Nov.12], while Tahj Bell was suspended after relieving himself in the corner of the National Stadium when warming up during a recent international match.

“It’s great news for Dale and we were more than happy to let him go to play for his country,” said Stoke’s youth-team manager Dave Kevan. The 16-year-old Bermudian also etched his name in Stoke City’s record books — becoming the youngest-ever full international from the U.K. side.

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