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Marshall pleased to see Royals on international duty

U23s' manager happy to see youngsters get new experiences with their countries

11 October 2017

Scott Marshall spoke of his delight that some of his players will be gaining new experiences as they go away and play for their countries.

Axel Andresson is currently away with Iceland's Under-21s, Jordan Holsgrove has recently returned from time away with Scotland Under-19s, and Danny Loader is away in India with England, as the Young Lions compete in the Under-17 World Cup.

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“International games are great for them to go away," Marshall said. "They get a different environment, they’re playing international football.

“It’s a great level, it’s still youth football but it’s a great experience for them and it’s good preparation for them later on in their careers."

Loader and his England team-mates are set to take on Mexico in Kolkata on Wednesday lunchtime in their second group match, having swept aside Chile with a 4-0 win on Sunday in searing temperatures.

Marshall believes it'll be beneficial to see a young Royal out of his comfort zone, saying Loader will become a better player for taking part in a tournament on the other side of the world.

“He’s going to get huge life experience there as well," Marshall added. "That’s one thing about football, it can take you to different parts of the world.

“To be over in India for a period of time, he’ll see a lot. I’m sure the England guys will have that in mind, in terms of making the whole experience a good thing as well as football, going and seeing that part of the world.”

Having been in the job since September, Marshall has overseen his side playing in three separate competitions against an eclectic mix of opposition. 

On life in his new role, he beamed: “I’m really enjoying it, everybody has made me feel really welcome and getting to know everybody, finding out how different things work and different people, I’ve really enjoyed it.

“We’ve had some great games already, a right mixture of experiences. From playing international players, in terms of the match against Porto, coming up against seasoned league players in the Checkatrade and our regular fixtures are always of a good level.

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“It’s a good test for the boys, they’re getting a proper experience and grounding, it’s a good environment for them to learn.”

Marshall is keen to stress that player development and improvement is his primary goal, with results on the pitch coming as a result of development on the training ground.

Ultimately, though, with the variety of opposition and intense training schedule, Marshall says the players need to be ready for the unknown quantities the season will throw at them, and deal with the opponents in front of them. 

“It’s up to them. They’ve had some really good games in there but we have to expose them to all the types of play they might come up against.

"Hopefully we can keep an intensity in our training day in, day out, and work hard against each other as well.

“Hopefully these guys can reach a level where they can sustain a career, this is what we’re hoping for.”

Marshall's side are back to Premier League 2 action on Sunday, as they make the trip to Middlesbrough for a 1pm kick-off.


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