Chelsea wonder kid sends emotional message after captaining England to U19 trophy

Harvey Vale
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England beat Israel 3-1 to win the U19 European Championship.

Harvey Vale was the captain of the Young Lions, and one of the standout performers in the England U19’s Euro victory.

The 18-year-old gave a touching tribute to his family, 13 of whom he had brought to watch the game.

In his post-match interview, he said: “I’ve had 13 people here, my whole family, I think my mum is crying.

“So thank-you for supporting me ever since I was a little boy, doing those long car journeys which I know you guys didn’t always want to do. It means everything to me and it’s led to this point so thank-you.”

“I feel like I can’t even describe it at the moment,” he added. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little boy to win a trophy with England. “It’s unbelievable and hopefully this is just the first of many now.”

Dujon Sterling, Reece James and Mason Mount were part of the England U19 squad that won the tournament five years ago, with the latter picking up UEFA’s Player of the Tournament award after helping his country to a 2-1 triumph over Portugal.

Harvey Vale had revealed the inspiration he got from Mount before the final.

“I remember watching this tournament when I was 14 and watching them win, dreaming of one day playing in this tournament myself,” Vale revealed.

“For a lot of the boys, it’s probably the biggest game of their career.’

“We saw Mason at St George’s Park a couple of weeks back when we had our pre-camp and he gave me some words of advice on how to deal with the pressure, the tournament and stuff like that. He’s been good to me.

“There’s been lots of noise from back home! I’ve had lots of congratulations, messages from the club and academy directors. The Under-23s are on a pre-season tour and they’ve all sent me a group message.

“They’re all really proud of us and rooting for us to hopefully get the win.”

Vale,18, is highly rated at Cobham, and a lot is expected from the young midfielder in the years ahead.