History-making Altrincham FC stars selected for England C international against Wales

Altrincham FC are celebrating not just one, but two players being selected for the Non-League England international side for the first time in the club’s history. 

Isaac Marriott, 24, and Jake Cooper, 23, have been picked for the England C squad to face Wales in Llanelli on Tuesday March 19th.

The players have been rewarded for Alty’s stellar performances this season, the latest being a 6-1 thrashing of York City last night, which have seen the club climb into the National League play-off spots.

Vice-captain Marriott learned the news in the changing room after last week’s 2-1 victory over Dorking Wanderers.

“It’s a huge honour to be called up for my country, and it put the seal on what was already a fantastic effort by everyone to secure a vital win against Dorking.

“I’m buzzing to be part of an England squad, and I’m so pleased that all the hard work I’ve put in has been recognised.”

Isaac Marriott has been in outstanding form this season (Credit: Jonathan Moore)

The former Huddersfield Town youth product has played a pivotal role in Alty’s play-off push, starring in 35 games so far this season.

Manager Phil Parkinson added: “What an amazing achievement for Isaac to be selected for England C. He’s improved immeasurably since joining us. I couldn’t think of a more fitting reward for his professionalism and dedication.

“He’s picked up the captaincy from James this season and never looked back, a true leader in the making.”

England C manager Paul Fairclough bolstered his squad further with the addition of centre-back Cooper, who’s made 32 appearances for the Robins this campaign.

The former Rotherham United player has been at the heart of defence most of the season and has contributed with two goals, his latest being the third against York City.

The defender is a late addition to the England C squad for the Wales clash (Credit: Jonathan Moore)

With just seven games remaining, the duo will hope to continue their excellent form to boost Alty’s chances of promotion into the English Football League for the first time in the club’s history.

Both Marriott and Cooper have the opportunity to win silverware with the Non-League Lions as well, who will be competing for the Anthony Hughes trophy, named in memory of the former FA Council member.

Formed in 1979 as the England Non-League team, it features players who compete for clubs outside of the Premier League and English Football League and has seen former top-flight footballers such as Andre Gray and Aaron McLean selected.

England C last faced Wales in 2023, where they ran out winners thanks to a goal from midfielder Ryan James De Havilland, who now plays for League One Peterborough United after a stint at Beaconsfield Town.

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