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Forest Green’s Forbes to join England for Moscow trip

Thursday 10 May 2012
FGR Media

Kieron last played for England ‘C’ in February’s 1-1 draw with Italy

Following sterling performances this season, Forest Green Rovers midfielder Kieron Forbes has been selected for the non-league England squad for the International Challenge Trophy against Russia on Tuesday 5 June.

The creative midfielder, who joined Rovers in December 2010, last played for England ‘C’ in February’s 1-1 draw with Italy, and joins the squad for manager Paul Fairclough’s second game in charge of the non-league national team.  

Forbes had a strong season 2011-12 season at the heart of the Forest Green midfield, and has been one of the club’s most exciting players since joining from Isthmian Premier Division side Wealdstone in December 2010.

And at 22, Forbes is also one of the youngest players in the squad, alongside Kidderminster’s Anthony Malbon (20) and Luton Town’s Andre Gray (20), and will relish the chance to gain more experience in an important international fixture. 

The match will be played in the Khimky Arena, the home of the legendary Moscow Dynamo FC, with England looking to build on the draw against the Italians in February.

England have won The International Challenge Trophy – an annual international competition, comprising non-league and U-23 players from across the world – seven times. 

However, having finished runners-up at the last two tournaments, England will be particularly keen to take that one step further, emulating the team that picked up the trophy in 2008.


Player Club Date of Birth
Kenny DAVIS - Braintree Town FC 17/04/1988
Nathan McDONALD (GK) - Braintree Town FC 16/05/1991
Rory McAULEY - Cambridge United FC 16/10/1989
Junior BROWN - Fleetwood Town FC 07/05/1989
Kieron FORBES - Forest Green Rovers FC 17/08/1990
Scott GARNER - Grimsby Town FC 20/09/1989
Michael COULSON - Grimsby Town FC 04/04/1988
Simon AINGE - Guiseley FC 18/02/1988
Anthony MALBON - Kidderminster Harriers FC 14/10/1991
Marvin JOHNSON - Kidderminster Harriers FC 01/12/1990
James VINCENT - Kidderminster Harriers FC 27/09/1989
Andre GRAY - Luton Town FC 26/06/1991
Lindon MEIKLE - Mansfield Town FC 21/03/1988
Andrew OWENS - Southport FC 15/10/1989
Stephen BROGAN - Stalybridge Celtic FC 12/04/1988
Jonathan HEDGE (GK) - Tamworth FC 19/07/1989
Joshua WILSON - Vauxhall Motors FC 05/07/1988
Ashley CHAMBERS - York City FC 01/03/1990


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