Brentford B midfield player Jaakko Oksanen played in Finland’s final warm-up game for the upcoming UEFA Under-19 European Championships and helped his country to a win. Finland Under-19 beat Turkey Under-19 in a friendly last week. Jaakko played the full 90 minutes as his team won 2-0 with both goals coming in the first half.
The game was the last one before Finland name their squad for the tournament, held at the end of the month. Finland are hosting the competition and have held a series of training camps to get ready. The last of those was held last week and ended with the friendly against Turkey. Finland rounded off their preparation in the best possible way with the win.
Finland are working hard in preparation for the tournament. They played two games against Montenegro Under-20 at the start of June and Jaakko played in both. He also played as his team beat an Under-18 side 5-2 late last month. He now has ten caps at Under-19 level. He was 16 when he made his Under-19 debut against Georgia in October. He has also represented his country at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 level.
The tournament will start on 19 July and Finland have been drawn in a group with Italy, Norway and Portugal. Jaakko will find out if he has been called-up for the competition when the squad is announced later this week. Brentford B striker Marcus Forss captained Finland Under-19 against Montenegro and scored in the second, a 3-0 win. He has been training with Brentford’s First Team ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season and is not with his national squad.