Royals youngster at St. George's Park
Royals youngster Dominic Samuel was in esteemed company on Monday afternoon, as he joined his England under 19 colleagues to watch Roy Hodgson’s first team squad in action at St. George’s Park.
Dominic is in line to win his third youth cap for the young Lions on Wednesday evening, as they take on the Netherlands in an international challenge match at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.
The striker, who made his Reading debut earlier this season against Sunderland, took away a special momento of his day – as the senior, U21 and U19 sides all posed for a group shot for the press before training got underway.
“It’s always good to see some of the senior squad – I was watching the likes of Wayne Rooney and it just shows how hard you have to work to get to that level,” said Samuel.
“It was a privilege. The hotel is brilliant, the training ground is excellent and everyone is so nice. Like any player I’m hoping to be involved in the game, everyone is buzzing for it and if I get my chance I will work hard.”
The 18-year-old gained a further taste of first team football last month during a short spell with Colchester United, and told readingfc.co.uk that he was a better player for the experience.
“It’s always good to get involved in first team games at any level, and at a a young age getting used to playing in front of thousands of fans is important. I’ll take any opportunity I get.”
The official site will bring a full preview of our other stars in international action later this week.