Friday, 28 September, 2012
England U16s Head Coach reflects on Victory Shield win.
By Nicholas Veevers
England U16s Head Coach Kenny Swain saw his side make a winning start to the Victory Shield on Thursday evening, scoring five goals with no reply against Northern Ireland in Dungannon.
Goals from Tom Brewitt, Demetre Mitchell, captain Jordan Rossiter and a second-half double from substitute Callum Cooke saw the Young Lions victorious and the manner of his team’s display was pleasing for Swain.
“It was a good performance from us, apart from the first 10 to 15 minutes when I thought both sides looked nervy but I expected that in our first game,” said the former European Cup winner.
“The goals settled us down though and then I thought we controlled the game, so I was pleased with the performance.
“Not one England player hasn’t played well tonight, so they can be pleased with themselves.
“I was happy with the composure that we showed too. We struggle to get older players to show that composure, but it’s all about learning at this stage and we’ll continue to develop them.”
Swain took full advantage of his squad, using all five allocated substitutes in the second half and whilst the likes of goalkeeper Dean Henderson and midfielder Josh Onomah were left un-used, the Head Coach says they will be involved in the remaining Shield games with Wales and Scotland.
“There’s always going to be one disappointed lad on the bench and a goalkeeper too, because I can’t use them,” he revealed. “But they can rest assured that they will be on the next trip and will play.”
England’s next Victory Shield fixture is against Wales on Thursday 1 November in Port Talbot.