Kesten­baum calls up the big guns

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO SPORTS ED­I­TOR

TEAM GB is to name a pro­vi­sional 23-man open foot­ball squad for next year’s 18th Mac­cabiah Games in Is­rael, we can re­veal.

Man­ager Jonathan Kesten­baum, to­gether with his coach­ing team of Michael Stone and Ben Win­ston, will re­duce the squad to 18 play­ers with five non-trav­el­ling re­serves work­ing as a unit for the first get-to­gether in Novem­ber.

And it prom­ises to be one of the strong­est squads to rep­re­sent Bri­tain for many years.

Six mem­bers of the GB squad won took bronze at the Euro­pean Games in Rome, James Ger­sh­field, Ben Gross­man, Matt Davis, Matt Stock, Lee Cash and Michael Sacks, re­main in con­tention. Sacks is one of six play­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing at a pro­fes­sional club.

The for­mer Manch­ester United academy player is joined by Mitch Hahn (Southend), Jonathan Kur­rant (Charl­ton), Sam Sloma (Wim­ble­don), Josh Ken­net (Ox­ford United) and Michael War­wick (Stoke City).

Kesten­baum said: “It is a pow­er­ful blend of pro­fes­sion­als, semi-pro­fes­sion­als and some MSFL play­ers.

“We are very sat­is­fied with the se­lec­tion. At the same time we are un­der no il­lu­sion.

“The USA team which reached the fi­nal at the last Mac­cabiah con­tained three play­ers who went on to play in the World Cup. The stan­dard will be ex­cep­tion­ally high.

“One thing is clear, how­ever, right across the squad — we have se­lected 23 qual­ity play­ers who all un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of the tour­na­ment, are proud to be go­ing and will be pre­par­ing hard for the chal­lenge.”

Sam Sloma is one of six play­ers who have pro club ex­pe­ri­ence

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