Maricourt’s McGiveron receives England call up
TALENTED teenage footballer Dominic McGiveron has become the 25th youngster from Merseyside to play for the England U18 schoolboy team.
The Kirkby-based central midfielder who plays for Bootle FC, joined the exclusive international list when he made his debut as a substitute in a 5-0 win over Australia.
The 17-year-old who attends Maricourt High School in Maghull, may also claim the distinction of being the first player from his school at this level to win an international cap after emerging successfully from a long trial process.
“I played for the North, against the South, East and West,” the A-level student said.
“I finished the tournament as leading scorer. I then netted the winner in a North West versus North East regional game. In the final trial we played the RAF U25s and drew 1-1.
“Overall I thought I had done quite well and had a 50/50 chance of getting picked. There were a total of nine midfielders in the final trial. They were all good players and the selectors were not going to choose everyone. I heard about a week after the last trial that I had got into the squad, and I couldn’t stop smiling. Everyone seemed made up for me and there was quite a lot on twitter about it.”
Before receiving a trial nomination from the MCSFA, McGiveron followed a fairly typical route of today’s elite young footballers, of playing district and academy football.
While at St Gregory’s Primary School in Lydiate and playing for TMS, he was picked up by the Liverpool Academy where he attended from the age of five-13.
He followed this at secondary school by playing for Sefton U14s and U15s.
“I enjoyed being at the academy to begin with, even though I am an Evertonian,” the sixth former recalled.
“But towards the end they brought in new training techniques and I just wanted to play football. So I started playing Sunday league again and now I’m happy at Bootle. I’ve also had trials for Manchester United.
“One of the highlights of my time in schools football was playing at Goodison Park in the 2010 ECHO Cup final, although it was disappointing to lose 2-0 to De La Salle. It was a great experience to play on a senior ground.
“I think my passing and vision on the ball are my biggest assets as a midfielder. I am equally happy playing a holding or an attacking role.
“I believe in the England side I will be asked to be more defensive.
“The coaches have asked me to improve my strength and I am working hard to improve this, almost every night, at Kirkby Leisure Centre.
“The two players I admire most are the Moroccan international Adel Taarabt and James McCarthy at Everton. As a player, my style is more like that of the former Wigan player.
“I have many people to thank for helping me to become an international.
“But I must mostly thank are my Mum and Dad, who run me everywhere to play and train.”