Millwall get school’s permission to call up 15-year-old with squad at bare bones

Millwall had to ask permission from the school and parents of 15-year-old Zak Lovelace so they can include him in their matchday squad.

The Championship side are taking on Coventry on Wednesday evening – but they only have 14 senior players available.

A number of their squad are self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, so they are having to fill out their 18-man travelling party for the fixture with youth players.

And one of those set to be on the bench is Lovelace, who despite being on his Christmas holidays, has to be given the all clear to feature by his head teacher.

Rule 43.4 in Section 6 of the EFL rules and regulations reads: "Only those Academy Players over the age of 15 years on 1 September in any given Season may play football for a Club’s first team in that Season.

It continues: "And then may only do so with the written permission of his Parent, his school’s head teacher and the approval of The League."

As per journalist John Percy, all parties have agreed for Lovelace to be involved for Millwall's trip to Coventry.

Should the game be going ahead? Let us know in the comments section.


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The London club have had their last two matches postponed following an outbreak amongst their squad and coaching staff.

Several of those who tested positive are still in isolation or are unable to train fully yet.

However, because they have 14 eligible players, which meets the League’s criteria for a game to go ahead, their request for another postponement was turned down.

While he is unlikely to be used by manager Gary Rowett, if he did get on the pitch Lovelace would be a record-breaking debutant.

In the Premier League, the youngest ever player is Liverpool's Harvey Elliot, who was 16 years and 30 days old when he made his debut.

Despite his young age, attacker Lovelace has been a part of the Lions' under-18 set-up this season and featured against Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup earlier this month.

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