England U20s forward Luke Williams says squad were itching to play Uruguay on Sunday
By Nicholas Veevers in Antalya
Luke Williams helped to get England U20s’ World Cup preparations off to a flier on Sunday.
The Middlesbrough forward scored the Three Lions’ first goal in a 3-0 victory over Uruguay in their World Cup warm-up match.
And after over three weeks of work on the training ground with Head Coach Peter Taylor, Williams admits the players were itching for a game.
He told FATV: “It’s a great start and the boys have been playing really well leading up to the game in training.
“Everyone’s been waiting for the game. We’ve had a long time without a game and it was a good run out for the boys, especially in this heat.
“So it was great to get a win, that’s great for the confidence and we can push on now.”
For the majority of the squad it was a 45 minute run-out against the South Americans.
Williams impressed in the first half with his pace and runs from the left wing causing problems for Uruguay before and after his seventh-minute strike.
And the 20-year-old says it was a good experience and taste of what’s to come against a team who arrive in Turkey as South American champions.
He added: “South American teams always produce good players so it was nice to get a win, particularly against a good side that are tipped to do well in the tournament.
“But everyone got on the pitch, which is the main thing really.”
Watch the full interview with Luke below.