Sir Trevor hails Young Lions

Sir Trevor Brooking has hailed England's success at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship after the 2-1 defeat of Spain in the final.

The Young Lions - with Hammers starlet Robert Hall appearing in all five games at the Liechtenstein tournament - were impressive from start to finish and fully deserved to lift the trophy on Sunday evening. Hall was most regularly used in a wide attacking role and at still only 16 was one of the younger players on view.

Speaking to, Sir Trevor, the Football Association's director of football development, said: "It's fantastic for everyone involved. I'm obviously delighted for the players and the coaching staff, but, also for everyone at The FA ... to get to this one and win it, with a group who we always thought were very good, is brilliant."

"More than anything it was a great team performance and you can see this group have got a great team spirit.

"It is important to get that taste of winning early on [in their careers] and I can see how much they enjoyed it, but, we must remember that it's just a little sample for them. There's still a long way to go in their development.

"Having said that, it's really good for this group because it has whetted their appetite. They know what it feels like and they now know they can do it. Hopefully there will be a few of these that will progress into the Under-21 and senior teams."