Hall helps England again

West Ham United youngster Robert Hall is itching to do his bit for his country at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

The 16-year-old forward got another 30 minutes under his belt as England won 1-0 against Greece on Friday night to follow  a superb performance off the bench in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The three points meant the Young Lions are definitely through to the semi-finals next Thursday, regardless of their final group fixture against Turkey on Monday.

Hall, who has agreed a two-year scholarship with the Hammers, was unable to make quite the impact of his first outing at the finals but will still have been pleased with his contribution. On Tuesday, he had played a vital part in England's all-important second goal for Chelsea's Josh McEachran just nine minutes after replacing Manchester United defender William Keane.

Having made a bright start to the tournament, the West Ham teenager and his team-mates are in confident mood.


"I started off a bit nervous," Hall told theFA.com. "When you've got such good players in the team, they'll keep talking to you and everyone helps each other out, so it makes it a lot easier to get into the game. We've got a very good team and it's just great to be a part of it.

"We're taking it one day at a time. We know that we have to win every game if we want to win the tournament and that's what we are striving to do. Our mentality will be to just go out there and do a job. We won't focus on other results, we'll concentrate on ourselves and the future will take care of itself."