Swain satisfied with start
Monday, 20 June, 2011
Assistant Coach pleased with opening game display in World Cup.
By James Marshall in Pachuca
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England U17s Assistant Coach Kenny Swain was delighted with his side’s 2-0 win against Rwanda in Pachuca yesterday, after overseeing the Young Lions for their World Cup opener in Mexico.
Goals from Hallam Hope and Raheem Sterling in the second half edged out the African side in England's opening game and Swain said he was pleased with the team's display.
“The boys did fantastically today," he said.
"It was always going to be difficult for them in the heat against a tricky side like Rwanda, who provided a good test at times for us today. I thought we looked physically strong and handled the heat and high altitude well, it was definitely shown in our performance.”
Despite England dominating most of the game, it could have been a different story as just seconds before Hope opened the scoring, Rwanda hit the cross-bar and Swain admits it was a quite a nervous moment watching on from the sidelines.
“I have to say it was a nervous moment, as it always is when you control most of the game like we did," he added. "But that happens in football.
"We never once underestimated our opposition for this game, we knew Rwanda had been preparing for this tournament for quite a few months and they would pose a threat. After they hit the bar, the lads didn’t panic and we went straight up the other end and scored, which was well deserved.
"I am delighted by our performance this afternoon, there was a lot of patience in our play and it was very pleasing to see, Hopefully we can build on this against Canada on Wednesday."
In the group's other game Uruguay beat Canada 3-0.