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U17 European Championship Diary

Jonjoe Kenny blogs from Malta after opening group win.

U17 European Championship Diary

Two Everton youngsters are with England Under-17s for the European Championship Finals in Malta.

Jonjoe Kenny and skipper Ryan Ledson both played the full 90 minutes of Friday's 3-0 win against the host nation.

Our Blue boys are reporting from within the Young Lions camp - with defender Kenny providing the first update following the opening group stage fixture.

I found out on Thursday night that I would be playing. You have a squad meeting to go through the team and that helps you prepare.

I was excited to be honest - slightly nervous with it being the first game of a big tournament, but I really couldn't wait to get going.

And to win 3-0 was a great way to start the tournament. All the lads did well.

We'd been preparing for the last week for the opening match and we all stuck to the jobs we had.

Any team would have been a tough start. We knew we could beat Malta but we needed to be sure we did a professional job.

They had a good crowd with them, being the home nation, but the lads executed our game plan very well. An early goal from Adam Armstrong helped us out with that.

We could have played a bit quicker in the first half but I thought as the game went on we needed fewer touches and we got it through to the final third more.

It was quite warm on the day; a bit humid but as the game went on, the sun went in and made it easier.

Saturday was a cool-down and very relaxing, whereas today is all about getting set to face Turkey. 

We'll find out what they've got to offer, have a few meetings to see what we can do and learn where their strengths and weaknesses are.

Hopefully we can beat them as well which would put us in a really good position in the group and give us a brilliant chance of making the knockout stages.

We’ve got a great squad out here and all the lads get on well. We've all been working hard in training, there's no arguments and everyone has good banter. 

It's a good group to be around and there's no big-timers.

One drawback to being away is I’m not available for the Under-18s today.

They’ve got a big semi-final against Tottenham at Goodison and I’m gutted to be missing out, but I've got a job to do out here in Malta. 

Hopefully the lads can get through to the final and win it for us.

I’ll be trying to follow it on Twitter so I’d like to wish them all good luck!

Jonjoe

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