International bright young things

The Easter holiday may have meant a free weekend for the club's most talented youngsters in terms of Under-18 football - but plenty of young Hammers have been enjoying the spotlight.

Most recently, Matthias Fanimo and Blair Turgott, the midfield mainstays from Tony Carr's all-conquering U16 side, were in Saturday action with England U16s. The duo have played their part in the Young Lions march to the final of the Montaigu friendly tournament in France, where they will take on Portugal on Monday.

Fanimo started the 2-1 home win against Japan on Saturday, scoring early in the second half before making way on 66 minutes. Turgott, a scorer in the 6-0 win against Gabon on Thursday, played the closing stages off the bench. England are looking to retain the trophy they won last year, when Robert Hall was a key performer.

Hall has moved up to the U17s and has been impressing this week in UEFA European Under-17 Championship action. England won all three of their Elite round group games against Sweden, when 16-year-old Hall scored a cracker, Malta and Slovakia to earn a place in this May's eight-nation finals in Liechtenstein.

Finally, Carr will return to England after a hugely successful stay at the International Amateur Soccer Tournament - The Challenge for the Tiffany Trophy Cup. Having won all three group games, the Hammers U16/U17 squad took on crack US side D.C. United in Friday's final in the US capital.

The showpiece fittingly ended in a 3-3 draw after extra time, with an own goal and further strikes from George Moncur and Elliot Lee, a penalty, taking the game to a shoot-out. There young goalkeeper Dave Wootton was the hero, saving two kicks in a 8-7 victory on penalties.

The U18s are currently due to return to Academy league action on Saturday 17 April, away to MK Dons. Remember WHUTV is the place to be to see highlights of every U18 game played, with exclusive interviews as well. Due to come on Monday is a catch-up with reserves debutant Callum Driver.