West Ham youngster eyeing up more caps in the future.
By Nicholas Veevers
England U18 international George Moncur only won his first cap for the Young Lions late last year, but is already hoping to add more to his collection.
The West Ham United midfielder made an impressive contribution as a substitute in the win against Poland in November and is hoping that he has cemented a place in Noel Blake’s thoughts for the next U18 game later this year and beyond then, next season’s U19 squad.
“Getting my first England cap was probably the best thing that has happened to me this season,” admitted the 17-year-old.
“I came on for England with about 25 minutes left and thought that I got on the ball well and kept it.
“Then, in the last ten minutes, I played a good though ball and the kid (Jordan Obita) scored.
“I don’t want to be a ‘one cap wonder’ though. I plan to get into the U19s next season and really push on and play at the European Championships.”
The U18s have another game planned, when they travel to Italy in April and after seeing a number of his club-mates feature for England over the last few years, Moncur is keen to taste more of the experience himself.
“Rob Hall, Blair Turgott and Matthias Fanimo had all been involved with England before me and I wanted to go on international duty too,” added Moncur, who is the son of former West Ham ace John.
“Now I’ve done it and I want to keep doing it.
“I know I’ve got to keep working hard because nothing is going to come easily for me. I get in early in the mornings and stay late after training working on extra stuff like my touch and weaknesses.
“But centre-midfield is the perfect position for me because I love being involving in all of the different parts of the game – passing, heading and tackling.”Watch video highlights of the game with Poland now, by clicking on the icon on the right of your screen.