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Frear is "buzzing" for second England C appearance
NIPPY winger Elliott Frear says he is “buzzing” to earn a second Three Lions cap after being picked for England C’s friendly with Jordan’s under 23s next month.
The 23-year-old is the only Salisbury City player to travel with the 16-man squad to Jordanian capital Amman on Sunday, March 2.
“It’s always nice to be selected for these games,” said Frear, part of the country’s side preparing for May’s International Challenge Trophy encounter with Slovakia.
“It’s going to be another proud moment for me and my family.
“The gaffer broke the news to me and said I’ve got you another cap - I was buzzing.”
Frear made his debut in November when England drew 2-2 with Czech Republic’s under 21s.
And he clearly made an impression in front of head coach Paul Fairlclough as he got the nod ahead of hundreds of players across the non-league scene to play at King Abdullah Stadium on Tuesday, March 4.
“There was clearly a lot of competition for places with just 16 of us heading out.
“I felt that I had a good game against Czech Republic and my form has been good in the league, so hopefully I can reproduce that in Jordan.
“It's going to be an exciting trip, and I’m looking forward to seeing how football is played over there and how different it is to our game.
“Hopefully the weather will be better; I’ve had enough of this rain.”
Frear, in his second Salisbury stint, was one of three Salisbury players to represent England last year, but this time round the other two – Angus MacDonald and Dan Fitchett – were left out.
“I was surprised to hear Dan and Angus weren’t selected as well. They both did great last time and are having great seasons.
“Angus has been outstanding in the past few games and Dan is just coming back from injury, but he has been on fire all season. They can definitely count themselves a bit unlucky, but I'm sure they will get another opportunity with the England side.”
In the meantime, Frear, a regular for Mikey Harris, will be focusing on his club’s bid to challenge for the play-offs.
He added: “I still think we can make it to the top five. We've got a frightening squad but need a little bit of luck away from home, sometimes.”
Full England C squad: Daniel Weston (Hereford United), Andrew Coughlin (Wrexham), Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers), Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town), Fraser Franks (Luton Town), Jack Holland (Bromley), Michael Demetriou (Kidderminster Harriers), Elliott Frear (Salisbury City), Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town), James Armson (Nuneaton Town), Luke Berry (Cambridge United), Jake Gallagher (Welling United), Keanu Marsh-Brown (Barnet ), Andre Gray (Luton Town), Jake Hyde (Barnet), James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).