Patrick Roberts still on cloud nine after Euro success

Friday 23 May 2014
Patrick Roberts celebrating his goal against Portugal in the semi-final
Patrick Roberts says the European Championship Final win over Holland was the "game of his life."

The Fulham forward scored three goals during England's run to the final on Wednesday, starting in the showpiece as the Young Lions went on to defeat the Dutch 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Following the dramatic victory at Ta'Qali National Stadium, Roberts says picking up a winners medal was an "unreal" way to end his first season in professional football.

"This is a feeling I'll remember forever"

Patrick Roberts


"This is the best possible way to end the year," he told

"Getting to play in the Premier League and now winning this Euro final is unbelievable.

"This is right up there with the best moments in my life and it was definitely the game of my life."

Although Roberts admits to having a few nervous moments throughout the game, he says the moment Jonjoe Kenny converted the winning penalty is one he'll treasure.

Roberts said: "It wasn't the most attacking game, and it looked like whoever scored first would go on to win. 

"Dom [Solanke] got us off to a great start with his goal - but we were disappointed to concede when we did just seconds before half-time."

He continued: "There were a few nervy moments for both teams in the second-half - but the penalties themselves were the most nervy.

"The lads who went up, and Fred [Woodman], were tremendous and this is a feeling I'll remember forever."

The European Under-17 Championship winning squad will be parading the trophy around the pitch at Wembley Stadium on Friday during half-time of the England v Peru match - and Roberts admits the reaction to their success has been tremendous.

"This is massive for England, who have only won it once before. The messages we have all received has been unbelievable. 

"I don't think it's sunk in yet with us - but for everyone older than us they are trying to emphasise what an achievement it is.

"Hopefully over the next few days, after a bit of rest and reflection, our achievement will start to fully sink in."

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer