Ryan Noble

U21s in derby action

by Stuart Vose

Squad named for Boro clash.

Sunderland’s second string are in Barclays U21 Premier League action this afternoon as they make the short trip to Middlesbrough.

The Tees-Wear rivals will clash at Boro’s Rockliffe Park training complex, with the game kicking off at 1pm.

Coach Kevin Ball has named a young squad for the game with Ryan Noble the only player with first-team experience.

Five Academy players – Tom McNamee, Joel Dixon, Ethan Robson, Nathan Thomas and Mikael Mandron – have won call-ups.

Both McNamee and Mandron started the U21s’ last game – a narrow 1-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Check safc.com later for a full report.

Sunderland (from): Wilson, Dixon, Marrs, Ferguson, Laidler, Harrison, McNamee, Mitchell, Gorrin, Ryan Noble, Mandron, Lynch, Robson, Joyce, Thomas.