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Tomkins is eyeing glory

PUBLISHED: 18:05 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

WEST Ham teenager James Tomkins is confident that he and Hammers team-mate Freddie Sears can lead England to glory in next month s European Under-19 Championships in the Czech Republic. Tomkins and Sears were both named in a provisional 23-man squad by En

WEST Ham teenager James Tomkins is confident that he and Hammers team-mate Freddie Sears can lead England to glory in next month's European Under-19 Championships in the Czech Republic.

Tomkins and Sears were both named in a provisional 23-man squad by England boss Brian Eastick, who will trim his selection to a final 18 names before the tournament starts on July 14.

Both West Ham youngsters are expected to feature in Eastick's starting line-up after playing key roles in the Young Lions' successful Elite Qualifying round campaign in Belarus last month.

Hotshot Sears scored both goals in England's opening defeat of Poland while Tomkins was part of a defence that kept clean sheets in all three games.

And academy star Tomkins is convinced that the homegrown pair can help England advance to the latter stages of the tournament.

"We are going to go out there to win it, I don't see why we can't - especially after the way we played in Belarus," said Tomkins.

"We are going to go to the Czech Republic with full confidence that we can win this tournament. I am really looking forward to it."

England face hosts Czech Republic in their opening match on July 14.


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