England Squad Enjoys A Productive Training Session

Friday July 18, 2014 at 10:40am

The evolution of the England Minifootball team continued when the squad met for its latest training session.

21 players – including two that had been selected from the UK 6 a side championships last month – met in the Midlands for further coaching drills.

The hopefuls, who first came together after the trials in Stevenage, will be whittled down to 12 ahead of the tournament – a decision which, according to Head Coach Mark Staines, will be tough, as the players are really stepping up their game: “Some players excelled and dragged themselves back into contention for a place in the final squad, after they'd put in a couple of mediocre performances at previous training camps,” he confirmed. “The standard was high, which will make the decisions on who will make the final 12 very difficult.”

Mark added that at this stage, the Management Team are still in the process of gathering information about the squad, explaining: “We learnt a lot about the lads, but every single one of them seemed like they enjoyed the session. They had a smile on their faces and they looked very relaxed.”

The 19 players that were a mixture of already capped players and new boys from the Stevenage trial were augmented by a pair of new players, in Ross Bond and goalkeeper Daniel Cooper, who were both scouted at the UK 6 a side Championships, both of them showed well in the session, but Mark Staines is confident that whoever is selected they will be welcomed by the rest of the group, commenting: “There's a real togetherness amongst the lads, which is pleasing to see.”

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