Brentford B midfield player Jaakko Oksanen scored as Finland Under-19 ended a training camp with a win in a non-international friendly. Jaakko headed out to Finland last week to join up with the group building up to the UEFA Under-19 European Championships at the end of next 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.
Jaakko was in Finland from Thursday to Sunday, June 21 to 24, and played for the Under-19 side in a game against his country’s Under-18 team. Jaakko, 17, scored the second goal as the Under-19s took a 4-0 lead at half time. They eventually won the game 5-2. He will return to West London in the coming days but there is another training camp early next month, which includes a friendly against Turkey Under-19, and Jaakko will hope to be called-up again.
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 now has nine caps at that 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.
Brentford B striker Marcus Forss captained Finland Under-19 in those games against Montenegro and scored in the second, a 3-0 win. He was not called up for this camp. His international manager has decided preparing for the upcoming 2018/19 season, with the opportunity to play in the First Team friendly programme, as many Brentford B youngsters will, is better for him. The tournament will start on 19 July and Finland have been drawn in a group with Italy, Norway and Portugal.