England U20s midfielder Adam Reach can't wait to sample World Cup
England U20s midfielder Adam Reach says he can’t wait to get a taste of the World Cup.
The Middlesbrough man got his trip to Turkey off to the perfect start on Sunday, scoring an impressive goal in England’s training ground win over Uruguay.
And the 20-year-old has been pleased with the way the trip has gone so far, following the squad’s arrival in Turkey for a final training camp last week.
He said: “Turkey has been great so far and we’re still trying to acclimatise to the conditions at the moment which isn’t always easy in this heat.
“I can’t wait for the World Cup to start, it’s my first international tournament and it’s a huge honour to play for your country at any level.
“The experience is going to be fantastic, hopefully I get to play some football and if not I’m still going to enjoy it.
“Training has been good, we’ve been getting used to the conditions and the environment around us, it’s always important to get a couple of weeks training under your belt and the boys are looking very sharp already.”
Reach has already developed a reputation for spectacular goals at Middlesbrough, creeping forward from his position or from wide and putting his long-range shooting abilities to use.
And he is now looking to add to his impressive debut season at domestic level by making an international impact in Turkey this summer.
He added: “Playing for Middlesbrough last season has certainly helped me progress and mature on and off the pitch.
“Peter Taylor has obviously watched me play and hopefully he likes what he sees, so I will kick-on now, hopefully have a good tournament and it will be great experience going back to Boro ready for pre-season.”
The squad were joined at their Antalya base by ex Middlesbrough star Ugo Ehiogu on Saturday evening.
Ehiogu joins the group as a Coach Observer after completing his UEFA A License at St. George’s Park recently.
And Reach the former League Cup winner with Boro in 2004 can only benefit the team with his experience and knowledge.
“I don’t know Ugo personally but I’m really looking forward to him joining the camp for the tournament,” added Chester-le-Street born Reach.
“He is a Boro legend and it will be great to have him on board with the amount of experience he has.
“Defensively, I’m sure he will pass on lots of his knowledge to the defenders and help them progress not just in this tournament but their future careers.”