Bryn Morris: ‘I’d never take being captain for granted’

Tuesday 08 Sep 2015
England U20s captain Bryn Morris
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Bryn Morris continued an impressive run of captaining his country on Monday, but admits he has to continue improving to extend it.

The Coventry City midfielder, on-loan from Middlesbrough for the season, wore the armband for the 28th consecutive start when he led out England Under-20s prior to their 1-0 reverse against Czech Republic at Shrewsbury Town.

The 19-year-old has skippered his country at U16s, U17s, U18s and U19s level over the past four seasons, but knows that statistics alone count for nothing.

England 0-1 Czech Republic

U20s International match
Monday 7 September
Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury

"It's obviously an honour and something to be proud of but I'd rather concentrate on the team as a whole than myself," he told TheFA.com.

"You have to kick on every year if you want to keep progressing through the ranks with England. 

"It's a big year with the U20s and working with the new manager Keith Downing this week, but I've been lucky enough for him to choose me as captain."

He continued: "It can change at any time, and I know that I always have to earn the right just to be on the pitch let alone to be captain.

"I've just got to keep on working at doing the right things and at my game and hopefully that run can continue."

Morris and his team-mates were left frustrated after Monday's defeat, especially after dominating the proceedings after conceding early.

"It was one of those nights. They got the first goal and we couldn't break them second half," admitted the Hartlepool-born youngster.

Bryn Morris has captained England at U16s, U17s, U18s, U19s and U20s level

Bryn Morris has captained England at U16s, U17s, U18s, U19s and U20s

"The final ball let us down a bit, we had too many crosses that were overhit and we didn't really threaten them enough."

Despite the setback, Downing's squad still enjoyed a valuable week together as the head coach and his squad continue to get to know each other better.

And it was not all bad out on the pitch after England defeated the Czech's 5-0 at St. George's Park on Saturday.

Having completed the first get-together of the season, Morris is optimistic that the only way is up for the Young Lions from here.

"It's been a good week of learning though. It's always a bit hard when you have a new gaffer and staff, and then on the pitch you have different lads coming into the squad," he added.

"Obviously we are not going to gel straight away, and Keith told us that.

"It's a still a work in progress, so I'm sure it can only get more positive from here."

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer