It’s now less than a week till England kick off their European Under 19 Championship campaign in Estonia and hype is beginning to surround the players involved in Noel Blake’s squad.
The FA’s official website today reported that West Ham United forward Rob Hall is eager to propell his country to glory in eastern Europe.
The 18-year-old had a successful loan spell at Oxford United last season where he managed to grab six goals in ten appearances, enough to tempt Sam Allardyce into recalling the youngster back to Upton Park.
“I am looking forward to it, we have got a strong squad and players with a lot of experience,” said Hall.
“It should be a very competitive tournament, but I believe we can do well, though. We will take every game as it comes, game-by-game, like we did when we won it as U17s.
“We will not get too excited if we win and will try to do exactly what we did two years ago. Obviously we will all be there to try to impress, both our England coach and our club managers.”
Hall was part of the squad that won the European Under 17 Championship two years ago in Liechenstein. He joins the England squad along with West Bromwich Albion duo Saido Berahino and George Thorne. Today’s Birmingham Mail Online focused on the two youngsters.
Both players are in line to play prominent roles in this summer’s tournament after successful seasons. Thorne enjoyed a loan spell at Portsmouth whilst Berahino, although slightly behind in terms of development, scored the goal which sent England to the tournament, which kicks off on 3rd July.
Dan Ashworth, West Brom’s sporting and technical director, told the Birmingham Mail: “We’re excited about Saido. He has made good progress in the last 18 months.
“He went away with England to the Under-20s World Cup last summer and played three of their four games despite only being an Under-18.
“He has trained around our first team and done very well.”
England will face Croatia, Serbia and France in their three group games.