Robert Hall is poised to help England Under-16s get their campaign at the prestigious Montaigu Tournament under way against Russia on Wednesday afternoon.

The 15-year-old forward has scored four goals in seven games for the West Ham United Under-18s this season, with Tony Carr bedding him in slowly at the highest Academy age level. His most recent run-out was the 3-0 win at Milton Keynes Dons on 28 March, when Hall made one and scored the other two to underline his potential.

The promising Hall has also been in impressive form at Under-16 level already for his country, helping England to lift the Victory Shield last November - a contribution which no doubt led to the call-up from England coach Kenny Swain for the finals in France.

Swain will be hoping his crop of talented youngsters can retain the title they won 12 months ago with a penalty shoot-out success over Les Bluets in the final.

After Wednesday's encounter with Russia at La Chaize le Vicomte. Swain's team face United Arab Emirates on Thursday at Les Sables D'Olonne before concluding their group stage matches at La Chaize le Vicomte with a match against Ivory Coast.

Should they top their group, England could take on France, Australia, Germany or Mali in the final at Montaigu next Monday. The two group runners-up will also contest a third/fourth place play-off at the same venue earlier the same day.

Founded in 1973 and originally held between club sides, the Montaigu Tournament was first contested by international teams in 1976. England have lifted the trophy three times, in 1978, 2000 and last March. They were also runners-up in 1986, 2001 and 2007.