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Dane Scarlett signs for Pompey

Pompey have signed Dane Scarlett on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham.

The 18-year-old forward spent the summer helping England win the UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

He scored twice against Serbia in the group stages and started the final, as the Three Lions – led by former Pompey coach Ian Foster – battled from behind to beat Israel after extra-time.

Blues boss Danny Cowley said: “We’re delighted to have Dane with us and we’re really appreciative of Tottenham for trusting us to look after one of their young players.

“He spent the whole of last season with the first team and featured in some of their European fixtures, training every day with world class players.

“He’s a boy who has the world at his feet and comes here after a brilliant summer with England, playing a big part in that success.

“There’s an intelligence beyond his years – both in and out of possession – with the timing of his runs and the movement that allows him to win space behind defenders.

“We think those qualities will carry a real threat and add a different dimension to our team, while against the ball he has an unbelievable work ethic.

“Dane has an infectious energy and I know that the staff at both Tottenham and the England set-up think the world of him.

“This is his first loan and so it won’t be easy because it’s a new experience, but we’re there to support him, like we have done with many young players in the past.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Dane, who’s an outstanding finisher with both feet and his head. He has a ruthlessness that centre-forwards need.”

Scarlett has progressed through the Spurs academy and made his senior debut in a Europa League match against Ludogorets in November 2020.

At the age of 16 years and 247 days, he was the youngest player to have appeared in a competitive fixture for the club.

Scarlett was then handed his Premier League bow against West Brom a few months later and has made a total of 10 appearances for the Londoners.

At the end of last season he put pen to paper on a new deal with Tottenham, keeping him at the club until 2026.

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