Dhanda glad to see hard work pay off and vows for more

Tuesday 29 Jul 2014
Yan Dhanda scored one and set up three against Iceland on Monday
England U17s starlet Yan Dhanda was glad to see his hard work in training bear fruit when scoring his sizzler against Iceland on Monday – and vowed that there is still more to come.

The Liverpool attacker broke the deadlock in the Young Lions' 5-1 victory in their opening Nordic Tournament match with a great strike, picking up the ball on the left before cutting in and firing the ball inside the top corner from the edge of the area.

England U17s goalscorers against Iceland (L-R): Admiral Muskwe, Yan Dhanda and Marcus Edwards.

England's goalscorers against Iceland: Admiral Muskwe, Yan Dhanda and Marcus Edwards


The manoeuvre is something the youngster has been perfecting all season, and he says it was a great feeling to see it hit the net.

"I remember Marcus [Edwards] doing a little bit of skill, playing it out to me on the left. I then just cut inside and shot and luckily it went in," said Dhanda.

"I knew as soon as I received the ball what I was going to do. I thought it was going wide to start, but I watched it all the way and it was fantastic to see it go in.

"My coach from Liverpool has been teaching me that all year, so it was a great feeling to see that hard work pay off."

It isn't just goals that Dhanda brings to the table for England. He capped an impressive display by providing three other assists during the rout. 

And he says he’s just as happy creating as he is finishing – and he thrives on the pressure of it.

"I like creating them as well. It’s a team game, so to have an impact on us getting the win is just as important as scoring," he explained.

"I don't really feel pressure, it drives me on and I'm quite confident. If I've had a good week in training then I always feel like I'm going to get a goal on matchday and if not, then I'm still confident that I'll create something and get an assist.

Dhanda scored two for England U16s against Belgium last season


"I’ve prepared really well for this tournament so I’m full of confidence.

"Everyone pulled together yesterday, and as a group we are excited about the Finland match later.

"It’s a tough turnaround with less than 18 hours between the game, but it is tournament football and we have a big strong squad that can handle that."

Not that he needs it, but inspiration to perform for the Young Lions is not far away for Dhanda. 

He is close friends with Izzy Brown, who won the European U17 Championship with England in May and he is already aiming to follow in the footsteps of his mate.

"Me and Izzy are really close from our time at West Brom, we speak quite often and he's someone that I really look up to," he revealed.

"What he achieved with England in May was unbelievable, and I know he was buzzing.

"We've obviously got the Euros to play for this year, but also the chance to get to a World Cup in South America. If I can achieve what he has, then that would be unbelievable."

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer in Kolding, Denmark