Steve Cooper believes his squad will be ready for action when they kick-off the U17 World Cup in India next month.
The Young Lions made their final preparations for the competition on home soil this week, spending eight days at St. George’s Park and playing two games against Brazil and South Africa.
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And whilst they were held to a draw by Brazil in Shrewsbury before losing against South Africa in Leek, the head coach isn’t reading too much into the scorelines.
"When you're working in development, you have to look a little bit further than the result,” he explained.
"We are preparing for a World Cup, so it was about trying some new things, some new partnerships on the pitch.
"We didn't play [against South Africa] at the level we normally play at, so the boys are naturally disappointed to lose that as they have set good expectations and standards for themselves.
"So of course we're disappointed with the performance and the result but there are lots of other things which were good learning experiences for us to take to the next step.