Sears upbeat with England

Freddie Sears has been speaking about his two-goal show that helped England to a winning start in their bid to reach the European Under-19 Championship.

The 18-year-old West Ham United forward was the hero in a 2-0 victory against Poland on Monday that set the Young Lions up for a showdown with Serbia today that could decide who will reach the finals in the Czech Republic this July even before the final Elite round group match against mini-tournament hosts Belarus on Saturday. His first was a neat finish after a fine pass from Crystal Palace winger Victor Moses before he stepped up to score late on from the spot after club-mate James Tomkins had seen his goalbound effort handled.

"It's a great start to the tournament for us and we all want to get to the Czech Republic this summer and compete in the Euros," Sears told the "Poland were a decent side and quite physical but we dominated them in the first half. The conditions were pretty tough as it was the hottest day of the year apparently and everyone was feeling the heat so I was well pleased to tuck away the penalty at the end. I was confident over the penalty as I've taken them for both West Ham's academy and reserve sides this season. I was happy to see it go in as it took the pressure off and killed the game."