England Looking To Catch up

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Wednesday June 10, 2015 at 5:32pm

So Paul, as England Team Director, what are your thoughts as to the squad and how things are shaping up ahead of miniEURO?

The players have been responding really well during the training camps, where we have been working on a new playing style, individual roles within the team, set plays and the importance of having two players in each position, giving rest time and tactical change. We only have 5 planned meets until now and the European Championships and one of these dates is the Home International against Wales and Scotland.

It’s incredible to think that the tournament is only around 15 weeks away, but things are shaping up well.

Good to hear! Now you’ve had six months or so to reflect, what do you feel you can learn from last year’s miniEURO2015 moving forward?

Looking back and reflecting on last year’s tournament in Montenegro it was clear that we are still a little behind the Eastern European countries at Minifootball.

The top teams all made good use of their squad through timed and tactical substitutions, had two players for each position that were of equal technical ability.

A large number of goals were scored and conceded through set plays. I felt that England didn’t defend as well as we should off at set plays and conceded late goals.

And Croatia – what do you think you can take forward to this year?

With Croatia I believe that the players that are to be retained in the squad from last year will have gained a lot from the experience and learnt from the positives and disappointments. We are putting together a squad that has good strength throughout. The recent open trials that we held were a great success. It was good to see players showing hunger and desire to play for their country.

The Home Nations games: England obviously won last year. Are they important?

The Home Nations is an important part of our preparations, it gives the players a taste of competitive competition and will allows both Gary and myself to see which players are transferring the content that we have worked on during training and to see how players react to pressures of the occasion.

The championship as a wider point: Will you be actively looking for new players during the course of a day?

The UK Championship is always an exciting and intriguing tournament, the England management are always looking to improve and develop the nation 6-a-side team so players that excel in the completion will be invited to attend future England training camps and could force their way into the squad for Croatia.

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