IT’S great to see another England development team succeed at a major tournament.
Now let’s see how many of those rising stars progress to the full squad in the ensuing years.
After all, that is the point of the St George’s Park project, isn’t it?
Following on from the success of the England youth teams at the Under 20 World Cup and the Toulon tournament, the Under 19s added to the growing list of triumphs.
Keith Downing’s side, despite being down to ten men for the last nine minutes, hung on for a 2-1 win against Portugal in Georgia.
All of which bodes well for the future of the national side, whose Under 21s also reached the semi finals of the European Championships in Poland, losing out on penalties to Germany. Shock!
Under 19 coach Downing praised his players for the ‘ character and resilience’ they showed in the final against Portugal.
Captain Jay Dasilva said the win ‘capped off a great summer for the England youth teams’. And he predicts great things for all concerned in the future. As does Downing.
The England Under 19 coach, as quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40619862 – said: “Hopefully this is something we can build on and keep getting better and better.”
Downing said the Football Association’s investment into St George’s Park has created ‘huge momentum’ in youth football.
“What we need to do now is sustain this success and continue working through all the age groups. It’s been a big year for us and we will enjoy it but there is continued work.”
THE ENGLAND UNDER 19 SQUAD
Aaron Ramsdale (Gk) – Bournemouth, Dujon Sterling – Chelsea, Jay Dasilva – Chelsea, Tayo Edun – Fulham, Easah Suliman – Aston Villa, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts – Manchester City, Andre Dozzell – Ipswich Town, Mason Mount – Chelsea, Ryan Sessegnon – Fulham, Lukas Nmecha – Manchester City,Darnell Johnson – Leicester City.
Subs: Nathan Trott – West Ham United, Ben Brereton – Nottingham Forest,Marcus Edwards – Tottenham Hotspur, Josh Dasilva – Arsenal, Jacob Maddox– Chelsea, Reece James – Chelsea