Roberts Praises Coaches

Saturday 16 February 2013 08:00

Young Fulham hopeful, Patrick Roberts has thanked the Club’s Academy coaches for giving him his chance to show what he can do this season.

The 16-year-old, who is still eligible to play for Mark Pembridge’s Under-16s, has enjoyed a positive 2012/13 campaign to date and has established himself in the Academy’s Under-18s and England’s Under-16 side.

Having made his international debut earlier in the season, and helping the young Three Lions to Victory Shield success, Roberts impressed again last Thursday despite his side’s 4-3 defeat against Germany in Cologne.  

Having led their hosts on three separate occasions, with Roberts playing an instrumental part in England’s second and third goals, Germany fought back to claim a narrow victory.

“This was my first game for England outside of the UK,” explained Patrick to “It doesn’t matter what level you play Germany at, they’re always going to be a good team and they showed that.

“It was disappointing having taken the lead so many times, but I suppose it wasn’t meant to be. I think I played well, and I got some positive feedback, but of course, I wanted the win.

“It was great to be part of the team that won the Victory Shield, and although this was just a friendly game, it’s all part of my development. It’s a different kind of football, the Germans are very technical and it was a good test for us.

“We face Germany again in March when we line up in the Montaigu Tournament in France, we’re in the same group as them, Holland and Chile. Hopefully I’ll be involved in the squad; England have done well in that competition in previous years so it would be nice to do so again.

“I can’t believe that I’m playing for my country, it’s a real honour. But I have to thank my coaches at Fulham, especially Mark Pembridge and Steve Wigley who brought me into his Under-18 team.

“He took a bit of a risk putting me in when I was just 15, but hopefully I’ve impressed him and shown that I’m capable of playing at that age group. I move up on a permanent basis next season as a full-time scholar and I can’t wait.

“Three years ago I was playing Sunday League football, and now I’m running out for one of the country’s best academies in Fulham and my country too. It’s a dream really.”