Moncur makes England impression

George Moncur made a good start to his England career with an assist in the 3-0 win for the Under-18s against Poland in Wycombe.

The Hammers midfielder was a late call-up to Noel Blake's squad and entered the fray with the Young Lions two-up in the 69th minute. He was soon in the thick of the action and played a slide-rule pass for Jordan Obita to round out the scoring in the 80th minute.

England, who had seen Moncur's club-mate Robert Hall drop out after being originally named in the squad, were never in trouble at Adams Park on Tuesday night. George Taft and Saido Berahino scored either side of half-time on misty night in Buckinghamshire before Moncur became the latest Hammer to earn international recognition.

Moncur has enjoyed a memorable season since turning 17 in August. He has established himself in the reserves, earned his first professional contract and now has his first taste of Young Lions duty.

Moncur will have wanted to impress with next spring's Elite qualifying round for the 2011 UEFA European U17 Championship in mind, with the draw to be held on 30 November. In all, 28 nations will be involved at this stage, all vying for a place in the eight-team finals taking place in Romania next summer.