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Futsal: Liam Hunt achieves ‘dream come true’ as Genesis teen makes his England under-19 debut

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 March 2018

Genesis attacker Liam Hunt faces the camera in his England tracksuit (pic: Mandy Hunt).

Genesis attacker Liam Hunt faces the camera in his England tracksuit (pic: Mandy Hunt).

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The 17-year-old discussed his weekend in the Netherlands, what it felt like to play for his country and how he quickly came back down to earth on Monday

Genesis youngster Liam Hunt faces the camera next to his England shirt (pic: Henrique Do Carmo). Genesis youngster Liam Hunt faces the camera next to his England shirt (pic: Henrique Do Carmo).

Genesis’ teenage attacker Liam Hunt admitted he realised one of his childhood dreams by playing for his country last weekend.

The 17-year-old was part of the England under-19 squad which travelled to the Netherlands on Friday to play their first-ever international futsal games.

Hunt featured in both, claiming assists in 4-2 and 3-1 wins at the Dutch national football centre in Zeist across the weekend.

It was a proud moment for his family and everyone associated with his National Super League club Genesis.

When asked what it felt like to play for his country, Hunt replied: “It was a dream come true!

“I have always wanted to play for the national team and at my age it couldn’t have gone any better. The whole experience was great, but just putting on the England shirt was perfect.”

After wearing the Three Lions tracksuit top during a number of under-19 training camps at St George’s Park, Hunt was pleased to wear the shirt for the first time in a game.

He was thrilled to help England under-19s win both contests too and the second match on Sunday was watched by World Cup finalist and Dutch international Daley Blind.

“Flying to an event makes it extra exciting and it is always a great feeling to wear the England tracksuit, but when it was all leading to the first ever games for the squad it became bigger and bigger the closer it got, “said Reigate College pupil Hunt.

The England under-19s squad, including Liam Hunt (14),  face the camera with their coaches (pic: Mandy Hunt). The England under-19s squad, including Liam Hunt (14), face the camera with their coaches (pic: Mandy Hunt).

“Winning as a team was the goal for me and so the two assists I got were a bonus. The focus of the squad was winning and I am thrilled we managed to do that.”

Hunt was joined abroad by his family and it proved worthwhile with the Genesis ace impressing and making a telling contribution in both games.

He added: “The experience was so exciting and from the second I woke up on Friday I was buzzing and it lasted the whole weekend.

“My family are very proud and I am thankful for all the travelling my parents, brother and sister all do to make it to all my events.”

Hunt didn’t have too much time to dine on his England selection, as on Monday he was back at his college and on a Geography trip.

He joked: “It was slightly less exciting, but it is always nice to be back with my mates and having a good time with them.

“My college, Reigate, really supports my schedule when it comes to futsal and I am very thankful for this.”

With such a down to earth persona, this really could be the start of a great career for Hunt.

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