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Swift delighted at Three Lions wonder-strike

13 October 2016

Midfield man on his corker against Bosnia

Reading midfield man John Swift almost burst the net in Walsall on Tuesday – he hit a wonderful goal for England’s Under-21s as they finished their Euro 2017 qualifying with a 5-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, and remained undefeated throughout the campaign.

A corking effort from the Royals man from 25 yards out – the first of England’s five – was reminiscent of the types of strikes we’re growing accustomed to seeing from the midfielder in a Reading shirt!

What a strike from @JohnSwift8 in the #YoungLions' @UEFAUnder21 qualifying victory against Bosnia & Herzegovina! 💥

— England (@England) October 12, 2016
“I was really happy – I was buzzing to start, and buzzing to get called up overall… and we’re through to the Euros now,” said Swift.  “It was a great game and it was good to get that first goal – and then carry on and get four more!

“It was around the same area that I scored the goal against Barnsley – I’m quite familiar with that area of the pitch and I knew I could do it from there.  I was buzzing with the goal, and it was my first for the Under-21s as well.  So I was really pleased.

“I practice that all the time – free-kicks or shooting from anywhere really.  I use the same kind of technique and it’s great when it pays off.”

That kind of strike can’t have done any harm to his credentials going forward for the national team – the target will be booking a place on the plane to Poland for next summer’s tournament.

But he knows that selection for the Euros next summer will depend on his domestic form in the blue and white hoops – and he hopes that he can continue a strong start to life as a Royal, which has seen him voted as the fans’ Player of the Month for both August and September.

“It goes down to what I do here – how I play and how I perform for Reading,” he continued.  “I won’t be looking at that like I’m already picked – hopefully I can do my best here and keep proving why I should be in that team.

“It has been an amazing start to the season – but it’s only a quarter of the season gone.

“I’m glad for the way the fans have taken to me – I’ve never got a reception like this from fans before!  So I’m really happy for that and hopefully I can keep playing the way I am and keep on their good side – and hopefully keep winning.”

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