Rovers Academy chief Stuart Jones has praised Charlie Weston after the teenager captained his country.

The 14-year-old was part of the England Under-15s squad who competed in the Delle Nazioni Tournament, held in Italy.

The tournament, which took place between Tuesday, April 23 and Sunday, May 5, saw Weston play the full 90 minutes as England kicked off their campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat to the hosts, before coming on as a substitute in the 6-0 victory over Qatar.

Then came Weston’s big moment, captaining the Young Lions in a 3-0 defeat to Czech Republic, before featuring in the final game against Turkey.

And Jones says it is a great moment for the club, and Weston himself.

“It’s fantastic for Charlie and for us, in terms of his development,” he said.

There are other boys at the Academy who have been involved with international squads as well and it gives the other players something to aspire to.

“Ultimately, it’s not just about the big clubs who get international recognition, if you’re good enough then you will get opportunities, which is fantastic.”

Jake Garrett, who has just penned a two-year scholarship with Rovers, is another to have represented England in their age group set-up recently.

For Weston, Jones says he is showing all the necessary attributes, as a player and person, to develop.

He added:  “He’s done really well over there – to captain England in Italy is something he should be very proud of – and he’s done terrifically well since he joined the Academy, so long may that continue.

“He’s a very humble and down to earth young man.

He works really hard and understands what he has to do to develop, and he’s continually striving to better himself, which has shown in terms of how he’s performed at international level.”