England U18 Schoolboys win 4-1 v Kampong FC in first game of Eindhoven tour!

The England boys kicked off their training camp fixtures with a 4-1 win over Kampong in Utrecht on Monday evening.

In the unusual setting of a rooftop football pitch atop the IKEA car park the wet and windy weather returned to replace the bright sunshine that greeted the players early morning training session.

English Schools Football Association Under 18 Boys v Kampong on Monday 17th February 2020 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

It may have taken the lads 10 minutes to settle into their stride but once they did they caused their hosts a number of problems with Taylor Richardson going closest to breaking the deadlock with a shot that hit the crossbar.

With pressure building it was Oliver Waddison who gave England the lead, lifting the ball over a hesitant keeper and into the net.

Shortly after it was 2-0, a low cross from the right by Matthew Wade was met at the far post by Richardson who showed composure to fire back across the keeper into the far corner.

In truth it was a well deserved lead for the visitors but early in the second half the hosts pulled a goal back although that proved to drive England back onto the front foot.

The goal of the night from Max Blencowe restored the two goal advantage, picking up a loose ball after the home keeper punched clear from a corner he fired a dart into the top corner from 25 yards for a 3-1 lead.

Hans Mpongo was proving a handful in the 2nd half and he finally added the fourth goal of the night, heading home from inside the box to complete the scoring.

All in all a decent workout in windy and wet conditions with the lads back in action on Tuesday evening against FC Utrecht. 

Take a look at what England Manager, Richy Alderson had to say about the Tour so far…

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English Schools’ FA Announce Schools’ Football Week 2020

Save the date: The ESFA announce the return of national Schools’ Football Week for Monday 3 – Friday 7 February 2020

The English Schools’ FA are delighted to announce the return of Schools’ Football Week for the third year but with a fresh new re-brand and a more focused approach on truly promoting, understanding and sharing the incredible world of Schools’ Football.

Schools’ Football Week is a campaign not only to highlight the huge scale of Schools’ Football in England, but also an opportunity for schools across the country to showcase the talent, dedication and benefits of schools’ football, using their own experiences. The ESFA want to use this opportunity to promote how important Schools’ Football is for children in England as well as all the related benefits of taking part in this type of physical activity.

Much more information will be coming soon regarding activities and events that will be hosted throughout Schools’ Football Week, some of which is in conjunction with our fantastic sponsors and partners, but in the meantime – save the date – and look out for how you can use the opportunity to promote the wonderful activity that takes place where you are!

You can download our Schools’ Football Week guide here – if you haven’t already received a copy by email, then please contact Sarah Kearney directly to be added to our mailing list for all future notifications.