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Morecambe manager delighted over international call ups

The Morecambe manager says he’s delighted about the number of international call ups in his squad – but argued there should have been more.

The Shrimps were due to face Barrow in League Two on Saturday (September 9), but the fixture at Holker Street will now be rearranged after four members of the squad were named in various squads.

Clubs can request a postponement of their fixtures should their squad receive three or more selections for internationals at either full or under 21 level.

Midfielders JJ KcKiernan and Eli King were named in the Northern Ireland U21 and Wales U21 squads respectively, while there was a further call up for Jacob Bedeau for Grenada, the first time the defender has been named in an international squad.

Despite the young players being recognised, Derek Adams told Beyond Radio there should have been another call up for striker, Michael Mellon.

The Burnley loanee has been in terrific form for the Shrimps, scoring four times so far.

"We would have rather played the game but, with three or possibly four players missing from a squad of 22, it isn’t possible.

“I’m delighted for the lads who have been called up and it is great for the football club too.

“It could have been more because I’m really surprised that Michael Mellon hasn’t had a call up from the Scotland Under-21 squad.

“I did make a call to the Scottish FA to tell them how well he has been doing for us but, from my point of view, he has been brilliant for us.

‘’But with the Scottish FA, nothing surprises me.’’

In addition, forward Adam Mayor has been named on the standby list for the England U20 squad for their training camp.

“Adam has done really well since joining the first-team environment. He has kicked on and is learning every week,’’ added the Shrimps manager.

“For a 19-year-old to be as strong as he is going forward and to understand his defensive duties by tracking back and making tackles like he does is fantastic and I’m really happy for him.’’

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