Newcastle United’s Bigirimana and Middlesbrough trio ready

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NEWCASTLE midfielder Gael Bigirimana is preparing for his first taste of international football with England.

The Burundi-born 19-year-old is in Peter Taylor’s squad for the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey later this month, alongside Middlesbrough’s Connor Ripley, Adam Reach and Luke Williams

“Everybody’s fit and raring to go – we’re looking forward to the tournament,” said Taylor. “Overall, I’m really happy with the players that are getting on that plane.”

England, in Group E, take on Iraq on June 23, Chile on June 26 and Egypt on June 29.