Fulham’s Under-18 side will begin their participation in the Elite Group stage of the Academy Under-18s league with an away trip to Reading on January 18.

Steve Wigley’s boys qualified for the elite stage of the competition by finishing second in their group after winning eight of their twelve fixtures. Their only defeats came in three successive games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Wolves. The Whites, who have won the last two consecutive national titles at this age group, follow their visit to Reading with a home game against Manchester United and their latest run of fixtures also includes two more derbies with Chelsea.