U17 European Championship Diary
Ryan Ledson blogs from Malta as England book semi-final place.
Two Everton youngsters are with England Under-17s for the European Championship Finals in Malta.
Jonjoe Kenny and skipper Ryan Ledson have played every minute of the two group games to date - both victories over the host nation and Turkey.
Our Blue boys are reporting from within the Young Lions camp - with midfielder Ledson providing the second update ahead of Thursday's final group clash against the Netherlands.
It's brilliant being captain of your country; it's an honour really. But you're representing Everton as well so you have to play well on behalf of the Club so people have good reports about you.
I joined the squad at the last minute after a mad Monday evening. I didn't know if I was going to be involved with the first-team game at Hull or be with England in Malta.
Within the space of 15 minutes my phone must have rang just as many times! It was then when I found out.
It would have been nice to get an opportunity to be involved with the first-team again but you can't complain if you're going away to captain your country in the European Championship!
There were four of us joining up with the group late and thankfully all 18 of us could all fly out together. We've got a great group.
The Netherlands and ourselves are both already through now, but we've got to play them on Thursday. Either a win or a draw will ensure we finish top of the group, which is better because then you face the team that came second in Group B.
I think the gaffer might make a couple of changes to give the lads that haven't played a chance to get on the pitch and start.
All of the games are on Eurosport so we watch the other teams if we can, but we're more bothered about ourselves.
There's loads of downtime when you're not on the pitch. We trained this morning, had lunch at 1pm and then we've got the whole day to ourselves, so we'll go around the pool and beach.
One of the lads got up singing on the entertainment stage one evening and all the people in the hotel were made up. I don't sing myself - I just tell everyone else to get up!
Jonjoe scored in Monday's 4-1 win against Turkey and I was delighted for him, especially after he broke his collar bone earlier this year.
He didn't know whether he'd make it back in the squad in time, but every day at Finch Farm I told him not to worry about it and just to make sure he got himself fit. I said that we'd qualify for the finals and that he'd be there. I'm so pleased that he's made it in the end.
Last night I was so proud to learn I was to receive a special honour at the Academy Awards.
It's brilliant to be noticed by the Club, especially with the Keith Tamlin award. I've grown up having been at every Academy Awards night - that's the first one I've missed since I was five! I always used to see the older lads winning so it's a great achievement.
I'll be looking forward to following Everton Under-18s in the final on Saturday via Twitter.
I wish all the lads luck at Goodison because they're my mates and I hope they go on and win it.