Burton Wants To Build On Britain's Success

11 August 2010

England

England coach Karen Burton wants her team to draw inspiration from Great Britain's U20 as they head into the U16 European Championship for Women Division B.

Damien Jennings' U20 won their tournament in Macedonia last month and Burton has ambitions to repeat that success over the coming fortnight in Skopje.

"You always go there with aspirations of winning the tournament," she said.

"We have all had the dream where we are receiving the trophy, and for the U20 that was real and I'm extremely proud of the coaches and players. Some of those kids were part of my first year on the national team."

However, Burton is stopping well short of predicting glory for her team.

"As for my team I am extremely protective of the girls and try not to hype them up too much, so my political answer is if we play to our potential we could do well," she said.

"But, the kids are young and for me we are still a year away from where I think this age group should be performing at on a regular basis, with the development team going from strength to strength thanks to the coaches involved and (GB performance pathways director) Warwick Cann's input we have a bigger pool to select from."

England have been drawn in Group C with F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Slovak Republic and Romania, teams Burton is still trying to learn about.

"Slovak Republic and Romania did well last year but they only carry a few players over to this year, whereas we carry seven from last summer," she said. "I have no idea about F.Y.R. of Macedonia, but it's a home crowd so it's always going to be difficult."


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