TEAM NEWS | Full debuts for O'Connor and Kanu


No fewer than eight academy stars start this evening's Papa John's Trophy tie against Gillingham at The Valley.

Harris O'Connor and Daniel Kanu earn their full Charlton debuts, while Ahmed Kone, Matt Dench, Karoy Anderson and Tolu Ladapo are involved in a senior matchday squad for the first time.

Addicks midfielder Jack Payne captains the side.

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Nathan Harness starts between the sticks, behind a back-four of O'Connor, Charlie Barker, Lucas Ness and Richard Chin.

Jack Payne and birthday boy Aaron Henry join Forster-Caskey in midfield, behind a front three of Diallang Jaiyesimi, Miles Leaburn and Kanu.

Kone, Dench, Anderson and Ladapo are joined on the bench by Nazir Bakrin, Euan Williams and Tyreece Campbell. 

Charlton: Harness; O’Connor, Barker, Ness, Chin; Payne (c), Henry, Forster-Caskey; Jaiyesimi, Leaburn, Kanu

Subs: Kone, Bakrin, Dench, Anderson, Williams, Ladapo, Campbell

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