England triumph for Hall

Robert Hall helped England Under-16s on Monday to win the prestigious international Montaigu Tournament in France for the second year running.

The 15-year-old West Ham United forward - one of the youngest players in the Young Lions squad - played the final ten minutes of the goalless draw before England went on to defeat Germany by 2-1 on penalties. It was his second trophy with the national team, after he played a part in England claiming the Victory Shield competition for the home nations last autumn.

Hall had made a significant impact in the group stage, figuring in all three games. Most notably, he scored the crucial first goal in the decisive 3-0 round-robin win against Russia on Saturday, after the previous successes against United Arab Emirates and Ivory Coast.

He will now return to Little Heath on a high, and will look to make even more of an impact on Tony Carr's Under-18 side in the final four fixtures of the season. Despite his age and that he is more used to figuring at U16 level, Hall has already played seven times for the highest Academy age group and scored four goals.