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Josh thrilled at England U17s Euro triumph

Posted on 22 May 2014  - 16:14

Josh Onomah has spoken of his pride at being part of the UEFA European Championship-winning England U17s side.

Josh (right) joins in the celebrations after England's victoryEngland lift the trophyJosh in FA Youth Cup action for us earlier this season

Our central midfielder played the full game as the Young Lions defeated the Netherlands in Wednesday evening’s final, winning 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium in Malta.

It brought an intense fortnight of international competition to a successful end – and Josh admitted he’s delighted to have played his part.

“It’s the best feeling and it’s been a great experience with the England team,” he said. “I’m just happy to have done it. I’m lost for words.

“When I woke up this morning, saw all my messages and then looked over to my medal, I thought ‘I can’t believe we’ve done this.’

“Hopefully in the future I can look back on this with pride and think what a great experience it was to win the European Championship with England U17s.”

Josh started England’s opening game of the group stage, a 3-0 win over hosts Malta on May 9, before being named on the bench for a 4-1 victory against Turkey three days later.

He then played the full game as the Young Lions lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their final group match on May 15 before being called on as a first half substitute when Adam Armstrong picked up an injury in Sunday’s semi-final meeting with Portugal.

“Obviously I was disappointed for Adam who got injured but as soon as the coach called on me I had to adapt quickly to the game,” Josh said.

After a 2-0 win in that match, Wednesday’s final brought a second meeting with the Netherlands – with Josh back in the starting XI as England secured their status as European Champions.

“The final was tough,” reflected Josh, who scored three goals in 17 Barclays Under-18 Premier League appearances for us in 2013-14, in addition to netting once in two FA Youth Cup games and playing three times for our Under-21s.

“We played Holland earlier in the group stage and they beat us, so the team was focussed.

“The final was a huge opportunity for me and I think I took it. Obviously I’m gutted for Adam and we knew we had to do it for him as well as ourselves.

“Winning on penalties was a good experience and we’re absolutely buzzing to have won.”