Second competition day England will play Wales and France look to overcome Scotland in the main tournament, whilst Ireland take on Italy and hosts Serbia face Ukraine in the plate, all at the Makis Stadium in Belgrade (Wednesday).
“Wales will not be an easy game, and we expect it to be a close and tough for the lads,” said England U19s head coach Allan Coleman. “However, the team have bonded well together and we have learned from our previous game with Serbia, we are hoping to come back stronger again.”
Opposite number Anthony Walker noted: “It’s been a difficult few days having to select our squad due the performances of the players against Ukraine. Everyone has put their hand up although we are also disappointed to lose Elliott Jenkins due to injury.”
France general manager Florian Chautard noted: “We take Scotland very seriously. We Know we can play better than we did against Italy, all the team is very focussed on the semi final, we want to win our ticket for the championship decider.”
For Bravehearts head coach Danny Addy: “We’ve had the right sort of selection headache. The boys know what they need to do, we were very pleased with a lot of things that they did in the Ireland game and we’ve worked on some of those that let us down a bit – we aim to surprise a few people in the semis.”
Wayne Kelly, Ireland’s head coach noted: “We’re recovered and regrouped ahead of our next game. The vibes are good around the camp and the players are ready for what will be another tough game.”
Whilst for Azzurrini head coach Salvatore Pezzano: “We face every race with the will to win. After the loss against France there is a great desire for a response. Against Ireland we are well aware that it will be difficult, but the boys want to play and test themselves. I expect a great match, I’m very confident in this group.”
Serbia’s Matt Dragišić is looking forward to playing in a second game. “It was an honour to debut for Serbia against England, having my family there to watch and knowing my grandfather would have been extremely proud,” he said. “England are one of the favourites to win the tournament and showed why against us. We are now focused on the next two matches and know we will be more competitive with each game to finish the tournament on a high.”
Ukraine, whose players were given training tops by England in the lead up, are confident that they will perform well in the all Eastern Europe clash. “Our team is ready to go again and do its best against Serbia and our players are eager to taste victory,” said head coach Ihor Yurkin.
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