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Tom targets titles

After a summer down under, Tom Davies aiming to make up for missing England's success

Wednesday 30 Aug 2017

Tom Davies has vowed to make up for missing out on England’s summer of success by helping the Young Lions to more titles in the future.

The Everton midfielder captained the U19s last term to help them reach the Euro Finals, but missed out on the trip to Georgia where Keith Downing’s side went on to win the title.

After breaking into Ronald Koeman’s first team and starring at Goodison Park in the second half of last season, the 19-year-old was withdrawn from the summer tournament to rest up ahead of the new campaign.

There’s a lot of experience of winning in this group
- Tom Davies

And whilst Davies admits there was an element of frustration at missing out on a medal, he believes there will be more opportunities in the future after linking up with the U21s squad for the first time this week.

“It’s been a good summer for England,” he admits.

“I was in touch with a lot of the lads in the summer, especially at the World Cup with the Everton boys like Jonjoe [Kenny], Kieran [Dowell] and Dom [Calvert-Lewin]. 

“I remember watching the games and seeing them do so well, I was made up for them.

“Of course, I would’ve liked to have been there with them and then when the U19s went on to win too, it’s just spurred me on to do it myself and I’m looking forward to the chance to hopefully play and win a tournament with England.

“A lot of the lads from the U20s have come up from winning the World Cup and there’s the older lads who did well at the U21s Euros who are still here.

“There’s a lot of experience of winning in this group and that’s a good thing so hopefully they can guide us on to doing it again with the U21s.

“For me, that’s good as I’d love to win something with England.”

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Davies spent his summer break visiting family in Australia before continuing his travels down under and enjoying the outdoor life before returning to Merseyside fully refreshed for the new season.

“I did a bit of travelling out there and had a good break,” he revealed.

“I went with my family to see my cousin, who has been out in Perth for about ten years now and then stayed out with a few mates for a bit longer and went on to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

“I then went to Bali on the way home, so it was nice.

“I just wanted to be ready to go again for the new season because it’s going to be my first full year playing with the first team.

“I had a lot of games at the end of last year and I didn’t want to burn out, so I think it was a good decision for me in the end and hopefully I won’t regret missing out, but I’m sure with the team we’ve got, we have a chance to go on to win stuff.

“It’s something to look forward to and something I want to achieve.”

 

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In the meantime, Davies is focusing on the U21s’ first two Euro qualifiers against the Netherlands and Latvia after being included in Aidy Boothroyd’s first squad of the new campaign.

And it’s the second season in a row where he will find himself lining up against the Dutch, after leading out the U19s and scoring against them in the first game of last term.

“It’s something I’ve wanted for a while now, so it’s good to get it and meet up with the lads,” he added.

“It was a memorable game last year, I scored a header and I don’t get many of them so it was a good one for me.

“We play them again on Friday, so we can hopefully get another good result and get some points on the board from our first qualifier and I’m sure we have enough to beat them.

“It’ll be a tough game, but we’ve got a good group of players and we’re going there with confidence.”

Tickets for the game with Latvia at AFC Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium cost just £10 and £5 and can be purchased by clicking here.

By Nicholas Veevers at St. George's Park