Roberts' England Joy

Friday 30 November 2012 12:41

Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts helped England Under-16s retain the Victory Shield on Thursday night with a 1-0 victory over Scotland.

England entered the match, played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, having already defeated Northern Ireland (5-0) and Wales (1-0). In seeing off Scotland, they made it 12 consecutive Victory Shield titles.

Both teams started well, although it was the hosts that saw the better chances, with Roberts forcing the Scotland goalkeeper into a smart low save and seeing another effort cleared off the line as the visitors showed their resilience.

Further chances fell England’s way after the break, while Scotland, too, had chances to find a breakthrough. However, with the game heading into injury time, Giorgio Rasulo popped up with a confident late finish to hand England the victory.

Academy Director Huw Jennings, who watched Roberts’ performance, said: “It’s great to see our players in action on the international stage. They have to meet expectations in a different environment and Patrick has done that.

“This was only his second cap, so it’s very pleasing for him personally to be involved in a game like that. He played well, and could well have scored. This was a nice moment for him and he will have benefited enormously.”