Up-and-coming rugby players have been chosen to represent England at their age levels.

The England Lions Under-18s Development Squad have released a list of 20 players who will go on to represent their country in a number of upcoming matches.

And two young rugby players from Dalton - Dan Knott and Joshua Blinkhorn - have been selected alongside Tom Farren from Roose Pioneers.

Tyler Brady, from Roose, has been selected in the u17 squad too.

The final u18 team was narrowed down from dozens of eager players from across 24 different clubs.

Having impressed in trials, they will be now part of the squad to play Wales on June 3 before the home internationals against Scotland on June 18, 2023, Ireland on September 2, 2024, and Wales again on September 16, 2024.

Dan and Josh are both currently involved with a number of teams, playing for Dalton Dragon’s Under 18’s, Barrow’s Furness Raiders Under 19’s and Salford Elite Development Squad under 18s.

The boys made it through several stages of selection for The England Lions after being observed at a couple of training sessions at Leigh Miners.

A group of 36 hopeful players took part in a trial game on May 13.

Being chosen could lead to playing for England next year in the European Championships.

Their home club, Dalton ALFC wished them well, saying: “Congratulations to two of our current U18s; Josh Blinkhorn and Dan Knott for their selection into the England Lions U18s.

“Well earned achievement for both players, everyone associated with the club are very proud.”

Josh said: “Getting into the squad means we are able to play in the test matches against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. With our first game on the Saturday the 3rd away in Wales. To be named in the Squad for England under 18s was something I wasn’t expecting. I’m proud to represent our area and delighted to represent our country.”

Dan said: “I feel very proud to be able to represent myself and country and make my family proud.”

Tom said: "I feel honoured to be able to represent my country in rugby league and is something I’ve been working towards for years. We also have multiple other games against Scotland and Ireland. This opportunity really excites me and I am really happy to be a part of the team."