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2013-05-21T06:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:39:46

Potts hoping for World Cup chance

West Ham United youngsters Dan Potts and Rob Hall have been named in England's provisional squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Peter Taylor has named defender Potts and forward Hall in a 35-man party which will meet for a training camp at the National Football Centre at St George's Park later this month. There, former Tottenham Hotspur winger and England Under-21 manager Taylor and his coaching staff will assess the players before finalising their 21-man party for the tournament on Friday 7 June.

The 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup will take place in Turkey between 21 June and 13 July. England have been drawn in Group E alongside Iraq, Chile and Egypt.

Potts had initially been named in the squad for England's UEFA European U19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round in Belgium later this month, but will now join up with the U20 squad instead.

The versatile defender has enjoyed another productive season in 2012/13, making six first-team appearances and going on loan to npower League One club Colchester United. Potts has been capped at both U18 and U19 level by England, most recently in a 1-0 friendly victory over Turkey in Telford in March.

"I'm pleased to have been called-up, definitely," said Potts. "I'm very proud. It's a great experience. International football is a different kind of football. There is a lot to take in and you are representing your country at the end of the day.

"As much as it being a proud honour, you want to do your best for your country and the main objective is to do well.

"At the end of the day, as a young footballer you want to be at the top and it doesn't get much better than representing your country, that's for sure."

While his summer holiday plans will remain on hold for now, Potts is relishing the prospect of extending a campaign that saw him appear for the Hammers at both Old Trafford and the Emirates.

"On a personal note, I think as the season has gone by I've developed and progressed well. It's been a step up for the whole Club to the Premier League and my objective this year was to try to play in the Premier League. I've done that but next year I'll be looking to get more games and more minutes under my belt and I look forward to that.

"Looking back, I've got some good memories. I've had some good results and some bad results but it's all experience and a learning curve, so I take nothing but positives from them."

When asked for his personal highlight of 2012/13, Potts selected his appearance in the 2-2 FA Cup with Budweiser third round draw with Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground in January.

"It's definitely the Man United game here earlier in the season that stands out for all sorts of reasons, not only personally but the game itself was entertaining for the neutral. They scored a last-minute goal but, on the night, I don't think anyone could have denied that we deserved it if we had come through.

"It was definitely up there with my best individual performances. You've got to take into account I was playing against the future champions of England. It was a great experience and now I just want to push on into next year."

Hall is one of eight of the 35 who were part of the England squad that won the UEFA European U17 Championship in 2010.

The 19-year-old made three first-team appearances for the Hammers this season, including making his Barclays Premier League debut against Fulham in September. He subsequently spent the remainder of the season on loan at npower Championship clubs Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers, totalling 14 league appearances.


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