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21st November 2008 13:19


England reach final
By Mike Appleby in Benevento. Wednesday, 12 November 2008.

Italy C 2-2 England C
International Challenge Trophy
Stadio Santa Columba, Benevento
Wednesday 12 November 2008

England C secured their place in the final of the International Challenge Trophy on Wednesday afternoon, by picking up a 2-2 draw with Italy in Benevento.

The Three Lions knew that a draw would be good enough to see them progress through and they will now face Belgium in February 2009 in the final.

It was tough going for Paul Fairclough's team initially and they found themselves a goal down at the break.

However, they came back in the second half and found themselves level when Josh Simpson equalised just before the hour mark.

With 71 minutes on the clock, the hosts were back in front, but just ten minutes later England clawed it back when James Constable brought it all- square again.

There were a few nervous moments towards the end, none more so than when Italy had a goal disallowed in the fifth minute of stoppage time..

There will be a full report to follow on TheFA.com

England: Bartlett (Kidderminster Harriers), Gleeson (Cambridge United), Tremarco (Wrexham), Smith (Ebbsfleet United), Simpson (Histon), Geohaghan (Kettering Town), Penn (Kidderminster Harriers), D'Laryea (Mansfield Town), Constable (Oxford United), Cole (Stevenage Borough) Pitman (Crawley Town)

Substitutes: Bostwick (Stevenage Borough), Cronin (Ebbsfleet United), Harrad (Burton Albion), Robinson (Weymouth), Wright (Tamworth).


Evening Post:
Stags man D'Laryea is put to flight
Friday, November 21, 2008
PLAYING for England is something that Jonathan D'Laryea will always remember – even if the journeys to pick up his two 'C' caps are something he quickly wants to forget.
Representing your country leaves most people bursting with pride – and the Manchester-born player has been no different.
But that honour has not come without its trials for the 22-year-old. Firstly, en route to making his debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina in September, the team's connecting flight from Vienna to Sarajevo was cancelled due to bad weather.
More bad weather after an early start meant two more flights had to be abandoned and after finding an alternative route to Split, the players had to endure a six-hour coach trip to reach their destination a day later than planned.
But that was nothing compared to the terrifying ordeal suffered by D'Laryea and his team-mates last week.
The midfielder starred in England's 2-2 draw with Italy, which guaranteed them a place in the International Challenge Trophy final against Belgium.
The success sparked scenes of celebration from the squad and manager Paul Faircough, who is also boss of League Two Barnet.
But the euphoria was quickly forgotten as the players endured a nightmare flight back from Naples to Gatwick.
Just as the aircraft was about to land, the pilot suddenly had to abort because of problems with the landing gear.
As the cabin crew were summoned and the fuel was dumped in preparation for an emergency landing, fear spread among the passengers.
Eventually, the pilot was able to make a safe landing – to everyone's great relief. Not surprisingly, however, D'Laryea will be happy to remain on terra firma for a while.
"I really thought I was going to die at one point," he said. "I seriously thought something was going wrong and all sorts of things flash through your mind at these times.
"It was especially scary to see fire engines and ambulances lined up waiting on the runway below. You believe this could be it, and a lot of players were even more nervous than I was.
"There was one who was laughing, which I didn't think helped, but he was perhaps trying to make people feel at ease."
He added: "I had the doctor next to me, who was quite a nervous flyer. A lot of people said afterwards that it was the last flight they would go on.
"If another England call comes their way, or they want to go on holiday, then perhaps they might change their minds.
"In the end, we landed perfectly safely and there are a lot more accidents on roads than in planes. But after what has happened in the last two games, I'm hoping the next one is at home."
The trip to Italy has come between two of D'Laryea's best performances of the season for Mansfield.
He caught the eye at Chesterfield, despite a 3-1 FA Cup first round defeat to the Stags' close rivals, and was again on form in last weekend's 3-0 victory over Salisbury City.
D'Laryea continued: "I'm never 100 per cent happy with my performances because there are always things to work on.
"But things are getting better and I feel I have more energy now.
"There are times when I still give the ball away too easily, but I think if I can link the different parts of my game together I can get back to my best."
While keeping a clean sheet last time out, a concern for Mansfield has been the number of goals they have conceded from set-piece moves.
Goals in the recent away trips to York, Torquay and Chesterfield have been scored against Mansfield from that kind of position. But D'Laryea insists the team are currently working hard at combating the problem.
"Sometimes, in our eagerness to win the ball, we are conceding a lot of free-kicks and we have to know when to go into the tackle and when to stand off," he added.
"But once we are facing a set piece, we have to be aware defensively and defend it. It's a cliché, but practice makes perfect.
"We re-create situations from a match in training and practise defending them and I think it works if you keep drilling it."


earlier stories:
D'Laryea on international duty
CHAD.co.uk, 12 November 2008
Jon D'Laryea is part of the England C squad out in Italy this afternoon (Wednesday) for the International Challenge Trophy Group A clash.


D'Laryea was given a late call due to injuries and McEwan said: "It doesn't help us prepare but his country calls so he has to go.

"But it is good for the boy and for Mansfield Town that we have an international youngster here."

And he had words of encouragement for Nathan Arnold, who played with D'Laryea in the last England C squad but has been left out altogether this time, despite the fact he is playing better than he was at the time he was selected.

"If Nathan keeps playing like he did on Saturday then it won't be long before they come back for him," said McEwan.

"One swallow doesn't make a summer and he has to keep playing well. He has the potential but you must fulfil that potential.

"There are lads with lots of potential now out of the game, playing on parks as they failed to fulfil it. It's all about hard work and endeavour. The bottom line is - what is your end product?"

BBC audio:

D'Laryea proud of England call-up
Mansfield Town midfielder Jon D'Laryea says it is an honour to be named in the England C squad.

The 23-year-old could win a second cap against Italy on Wednesday after an injury to Histon's Antonio Murray.

D'Laryea told BBC Radio Nottingham: "The first time, in Bosnia, I thought I'd just treat it like any other game but you start to feel emotional.

"To be selected to represent your country feels amazing because you realise you are representing England."

D'Laryea was on standby until a phone call from the Football Association on Saturday night meant he had to quickly get ready for the trip to Italy.

"After the Chesterfield game on Saturday I went home and got the phone call, so it was a last-minute thing," he said.

"It was a bit of a surprise. I only had about 12 hours to get ready."



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