Murphy hails England's concentration in win over Hungary

Friday 15 Nov 2013
England and Norwich City midfielder Josh Murphy

Josh Murphy says that despite the seemingly comfortable scoreline, he and his U19s team-mates had to dig for large periods of their victory over Hungary.

Murphy, outstanding throughout his 63 minutes on the pitch, contributed a goal and two assists in the win over the dogged Hungarians and said it was crucial the Young Lions kept their concentration, despite being under pressure in the early stages.

He said: "We know what it’s like to come out to places like Hungary – who are strong, tough and very physical.

"Noel [Blake] is always telling us to stay in the game when the opposition is on top – it doesn’t matter if you’re playing against one of the smaller nations or a team like Germany, there will always be spells when you have to defend and concentrate.

"Today we were able to bide our time, we pressed well and finally won the ball – and that’s where our goals have come from. Good team work, patience, pressing and then boom…goal."

Murphy was making his eighth appearance at U19 level and added that the at times bruising encounter with Hungary would act as good experience for the team - and that such tests would stand them in good stead moving forward.

He added: "All international games are tough to play in. This one was physically tougher than others, for example when you play against teams like Spain or Italy – they’re more technical, smaller players.

"These guys have got to fight for everything, and while they might not be the best technically, they make up for it in their physicality."

The 18-year-old winger was replaced just after the hour mark by his twin brother Jacob - but admitted that both siblings will be hoping to be on the plane come July - when Hungary host the UEFA European U19 Championship Finals - adding the experience gained on the trip has been worthwhile as the Young Lions harbour strong ambitions of returning in eight months’ time.

"It’s great to be out here in Hungary," he said.

"Obviously they’re hosting the tournament next summer and we really hope to be coming back here for that.

"They could be one of the teams that we face so it’s to familiarise yourself with the surroundings, the pitches and the hotel we may stay in. It’s all good preparation and the boys take everything in their stride."


By Jamie Reid Senior Writer