Sir Geoff urges Young Lions to take their Euro chances

Tuesday 12 Jan 2016
England's hero of 1966, Sir Geoff Hurst

Sir Geoff Hurst has urged England’s young guns to grasp their chance ahead of this summer’s Euro Finals.

The Three Lions head to France in June having come through qualification with ten wins from ten and boss Roy Hodgson has already started his Euro planning.

With the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, John Stones, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane all breaking through into the senior squad in the last year, Hurst wants to see them take their chance and secure a place in the Euro squad.

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And having been part of England’s World Cup winning team of 1966, Hurst knows how much emerging young players can also play a major role in any success.

"We are starting to see, in my opinion, a greater number of young English players coming through with an opportunity to represent their country and be successful in Euros and World Cups to come," Hurst told

"My advice, looking back to our time and the current players today, is that you have the opportunities but you've got to grab them yourself.

"If I look back to our time in ‘66, Alan Ball was 20 and was man-of-the-match, Martin Peters was 22 and had only played for England for two months and he scored a goal in the final which could have been the winner.

"And the young players today have got to understand how vitally important it is for the national team to be successful.

"They’ve got to grasp their chance at the Euros this summer.

"It’s important for the England team to win and I wish them all the best in the summer."

Sir Geoff was speaking at last week’s announcement of two exhibitions to commemorate England’s World Cup victory in 1966 courtesy of 

England are back in action at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 29 March when they face the Netherlands on the next step of their Euro warm-ups. Tickets for that game are on sale now, so click here to find a seat.

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