Kenny Swain’s England Under 16s got off to a winning start in this year’s Victory Shield.
Dungannon in Northern Ireland hosted their first match of the season and allowed the youngsters to celebrate an emphatic victory as well as a convincing overall display.
Tom Brewitt, Demetre Mitchell, Jordan Rossiter and a double from substitute Callum Cooke were pleasing to Swain, who said: ““It was a good performance from us, apart from the first 10 to 15 minutes when I thought both sides looked nervy but I expected that in our first game,”
“The goals settled us down though and then I thought we controlled the game, so I was pleased with the performance.
“Not one England player hasn’t played well tonight, so they can be pleased with themselves.
“I was happy with the composure that we showed too. We struggle to get older players to show that composure, but it’s all about learning at this stage and we’ll continue to develop them.”
Swain used all five substitutes but there was some boys left unused.
“There’s always going to be one disappointed lad on the bench and a goalkeeper too, because I can’t use them,” Swain said. “But they can rest assured that they will be on the next trip and will play.”
England’s next match in the tournament falls on 1st November against Wales in Port Talbot.