Jacob Proves Safe Pair of Hands for England

Brentwood School Fifth Year Jacob Knightbridge was back in international action over half-term representing England in their U16 fixture against Norway at St George’s Park, the English Football Association's national centre at Burton upon Trent.

The 15-year-old goalkeeper put in a superb performance with England winning the encounter 2-1. It was Jacob’s first appearance for the U16 side - he was first selected to play for England back in February in an U15 fixture against Belgium.

Jacob was on the pitch for 45 minutes of the encounter but his international experience did not end there. Following the full-time whistle, both teams seized the opportunity to get in some serious practice with a penalty shootout, which England also won and with Jacob saving a penalty.

“There was a penalty shootout because we need practice for penalties in future football tournaments,” explained Jacob. “The goal I saved was a dive to my left.” He added: “It is an amazing feeling putting on the England shirt.”

Jacob, who started playing competitive football when he was five years old, is also part of the West Ham Academy where he has been since the age of seven. As well as training with the Academy, he also plays for the School U16 team.

Brentwood School has a long and illustrious history of nurturing top footballers and its alumni include Frank Lampard, the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea (where he is now manager); former Millwall player and manager Neil Harris; Elliot Lee [Luton Town]; Olly Lee [Hearts]; George Dobson (Sunderland) and Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town).