Hall ready for Euros

Robert Hall is looking to complete a fine season by firing England to glory at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The West Ham United striker, who has agreed a two-year scholarship with the club, travelled with the rest of his team-mates to Liechtenstein on Sunday. He is competing for a place in the attack with the lines of Arsenal's highly-rated Benik Afobe and Manchester United starlet William Keane.

The Young Lions open their challenge by taking on Czech Republic at the Rheinpark in Vaduz on Tuesday, with further Group B matches against Greece and Turkey to follow at the same venue on 21 and 24 May respectively.

Hall, an U16 who is playing a year-up, has played eleven times for England at U17 level, scoring eight goals.

"It'll be good to play in Liechtenstein, but it'll be hard because the other teams taking part are all very good. It'll be another good experience for me.

"I know Turkey are very good. Danny Purdy, who plays for Ireland, said Greece are not the best side but they can turn it on, as they did when they knocked Ireland out. I think the Czech Republic, through their reputation, will be very good, too.

"We just need to work hard. We can play very well and we have some very good players in our squad, so if everything clicks, we can go all the way."

Aside from his fine form at international level, the 16-year-old has also established himself in Tony Carr's U18s at club level, scoring eight goals in 19 FA Premier Academy League appearances this season.

Alongside fellow schoolboys Matthias Fanimo, Blair Turgott and Dylan Tombides, the youngsters have impressed greatly, and are sure to be involved again heavily next term.

"It's been a very good season. I started off well in pre-season and got my fitness levels high and obviously got into the U18s and I think we've done well. We didn't start the season in great form, but we've got it together and, with the other younger boys coming up, we've finished well.

"U18s is a lot harder physically, but Tony has obviously urged me just to try to do my best whenever he has called me in. I've had to adapt, but I prefer the ball to feet rather than jumping for headers, so I just try to as well as I can whenever I get into possession.

"It's been good to play alongside the U16s who have been with the club since they were very young - the likes of Blair, Matthias and Blair, who has just come up recently and done really well whenever he has played. He has only been here for about two years and he is adapting really well.

"We're all at that age when we want to help each other and I think we're all doing very well together. It's a collective team thing and we're all trying our best to make it easier for each other."

Hall was also delighted to be involved in Carr's recent Testimonial match, when he played for the final 13 minutes for the Academy All-Stars in front of a bumper 13,836 crowd at the Boleyn Ground.

"I couldn't stop smiling really, and when I got on there I just wanted the ball all the time. The respect for Tony was there and it was great for him to give me the opportunity to play. I felt the excitement among the fans when I came on.

"When I was in the changing room with the likes of the Ferdinands and the Chelsea players, I couldn't stop smiling. They made me really welcome, too, which was nice."