Middlesbrough’s Bryn Morris says England U18 up with the best

Bryn Morris of England
Bryn Morris of England

BRYN Morris says that England U18s’ 4-0 thrashing of Belgium is indicative of the talent produced in the country.

The young Three Lions, skippered by former High Tunstall pupil Morris, beat their Belgian counterparts on Tuesday courtesy of a hat-trick by his Middlesbrough team-mate Bradley Fewster and Dean Rittenberg.

Belgium have been recipients of rising football acclamation recently but their U18 team were of minimum threat to Neil Dewsnip’s England.

To 17-year-old Morris it highlighted the English quality: “They’re an up and coming team and it showed that we are up there with the best.

“Belgium are a good team and have got a lot of good players but they never really tested us, but for a one-on-one and a few half chances.

“I think after the first goal we knew we needed one or two more to kill the game off.

“It was good to get a result with a clean sheet as well.”

Morris was selected in the anchorman role for the game and defensive cover-predicting, it is where he hopes to establish himself for England.

“We usually struggle at centre-back for England but we’ve seen a few more come through,” he added to SportMail.

“The manager prefers me in the holding position in front of the defence.

“That’s my favourite role and I enjoy dictating, spraying balls around.

“We’ll have to see what happens but hopefully I can play there against Croatia next month (in the March 3 and 5 friendlies).”