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England U19s Win But No Sign Of Ryan Donaldson

The England U19 team scored 3 goals yesterday to beat a weak Austria side 3-2 in Normandy in the UEFA European Under-19 Championships.

Ryan Donaldson – didn’t make an appearance yesterday

Unfortunately, Newcastle-born Ryan Donaldson, who is with the England squad, did not appear at all in the game yesterday.

The scoreline flattered England in a display which the England coach Noel Blake described as an indifferent performance by the young England Lions.

Blake said after the game:

“Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit. We watched DVDs of Austria but sometimes you just need that wake-up call. I expressed that in a forthright manner.”

“There’s a lot more to come from us’ and highlighting positive features, Blake also said England’s experience in South Africa has had a knock-on effect on his young men in northern France.”

“I’ve felt a lot more pressure on us. I’ve been to three European finals and this is the first time we’ve had such a following. But my lads are all young. We’re trying to work our way through the system.”

“It’s difficult but we’re trying to protect the lads as best we can. I’ve felt a bit stressed with it all but I’ve got a job to do.”  “That said, it’s a tournament, we’ve won and we’ve scored three goals. Players have to get used to it — you don’t want to be over-critical, but you want them to develop.”


AUSTRIA U19 (4-1-2-3): Peterman 4; Trauner 6, Schimpelsberger 4 (Rath 60), Imamoglu 6, Dilaver 5; Kainz 7 (Gucher 81); Alaba 8, Klem 7; Weimann 6, Djuricin 7 (Tiffner 71), Knasmullner 6.
Booked: Schimpelsberger, Kainz.

ENGLAND U19 (4-2-3-1): Rudd (Norwich) 6; Brown 5 (Man Utd), Caulker 7 (Tottenham; Thompson, Celtic 86), Baker 6 (Aston Villa), Briggs 5 (Fulham; Clyne, C Palace 55); James 6 (Man Utd), Cruise 6 (Arsenal); Bostock 6 (Tottenham; Mellis, Chelsea 77), Parrett 7 (Tottenham), Nouble 6 (West Ham); Delfouneso 6 (Aston Villa).

Referee: Markus Strombergsson (Sweden).

Comments welcome.

Written from Plymouth, England.