Hallam Hope targets more goals in Serbia.
By Nicholas Veevers in Novi Sad.
After courageously leading the line against a physically fearsome French defence on Tuesday afternoon, England striker Hallam Hope
is now targeting three points from the next fixture against Denmark on Friday.
The Everton hotshot, who opened the scoring in Indija to set his side on the way to a deserved draw with the French
, gave a mature masterclass in playing the lone striker role in the opening game by working the channels, retaining possession and providing a threat on goal.
This season has already seen him bag eight goals in ten games for the U17s, an impressive strike rate by anyone’s standards, but he’s setting his targets even higher now with at least two more games to go in Serbia.
“I thought I played okay against France, I worked hard for the team and obviously got the goal which is good for me and my confidence and for the team as well,” he told TheFA.com.
“It hasn’t been a bad season so far for me really, but we’ve just got to keep going and I’ll hopefully get a few more goals.
“I thought it went well yesterday. It was a good team performance, we played well and I thought we were unlucky not to get the win in the end.
“We deserved a result because of the way we stuck at it. I thought we played the better football and we had good parts in the game when we kept the ball and created the chances.
“But they were a big, strong team and I think that helped them in the later stages.”
England now face Group A leaders Denmark next and they will no doubt be full of confidence after their 3-2 victory over Serbia on Tuesday.
With spirit amongst the England camp high, Manchester-born Hope feels that the Young Lions will have enough to deal with the Danes when they meet in Novi Sad for Friday’s televised game.
“Everyone looked at the France game as though that would be the toughest in terms of the group and I thought that showed,” added Hope.
“It was good to get a point from that one and we’re looking forward to Friday now. I think that it’s a game we can win and we’ve certainly got the players to go and get the three points.”
Before that though, the squad are getting the chance to let their guard down for a few hours away from the hotel base with an afternoon activity and dinner out on Wednesday, something which Hope says the squad are looking forward to.
“A chilled out afternoon is always a nice break, as we can all relax a little bit and get the football out of our systems for a few hours and then get back to preparing for Denmark on Thursday,” he said.
“Everyone’s alright here though, we’re enjoying the experience and just concentrating on Denmark now.”