LUKE James admits this summer’s World Cup finals has inspired him and he is looking to replicate the free-flowing football in League Two.
The 19-year-old striker, along with the rest of the Pools first-team squad, were allowed to watch last night’s semi-final between hosts Brazil and Germany.
With Spain being an hour ahead, the game didn’t kick-off until 10pm, but Cooper was keen to reward his players for their hard work this week on the training ground and they watched a masterclass of finishing from the Germans.
James – who topped the goalscoring charts last season with 16 goals for the club – said the earlier group stages really whetted his appetite ahead of the new league campaign starting on Saturday, August 9 – away to Stevenage.
In fact, highly-rated James insists he would be happier starting pre-season earlier given his enthusiasm for the game.
He added that the World Cup finals – which has seen fast, free-flowing football for much of the competition – has reminded him how good it feels to hit the back of the net.
Music to the ears of Pools fans then, who hope he will be able to build on last season’s efforts.
“The World Cup finals in Brazil has really captured everyone’s attention,” explained James.
“You get excited watching the games and all you want to do, is just be back on the pitch yourself.
“We have all enjoyed a good break this summer but sometimes I think it is too long.
“Watching the group stages of the World Cup just made it even worse because it just means you want to come back quicker and quicker.
“It reminds you how good it is scoring goals and winning matches.
“Hopefully we can do plenty of that this year.”
The Pools squad are based at La Cala Resort, in southern Spain, and will be here until Sunday when they fly back to the North East ahead of their six pre-season friendlies.
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