De­light for Dael on home turf

Sunday Sun - - Football -

DAEL Fry’s home­town ap­pear­ance at the River­side Sta­dium for Eng­land Un­der21s was “ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic” ac­cord­ing to the Mid­dles­brough de­fender.

The 20-year-old from Ber­wick Hills was named in Aidy Boothroyd’s start­ing line-up for the Group Four qual­i­fier against Scotland.

And he put in an as­sured dis­play at the heart of the Eng­land de­fence as the hosts recorded a 3-1 vic­tory in front of 20,126 sup­port­ers.

Fry said: “It’s been ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to play in front of my fam­ily and friends and the Mid­dles­brough fans in the River­side Sta­dium where I’ve grown up.

“It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. I found out on Thurs­day that I was play­ing and I was de­lighted.

“I knew there was go­ing to be a turnout, I knew the fans were go­ing to be ex­cel­lent and that’s what they were.”

Be­fore the game, Fry said he ex­pected to be both “ner­vous and ex­cited” if he was se­lected to play on home turf for his coun­try.

Af­ter the match, he ad­mit­ted the nerves dis­ap­peared the mo­ment the ref­eree blew the whis­tle to get the game un­der­way.

“I was lis­ten­ing to my name be­ing read out be­fore the game and I got a good cheer, so I was de­lighted with that,” said the tal­ented Teessider.

“The fans here are amaz­ing, un­be­liev­able. The whis­tle blew and all the nerves just dis­ap­peared. The lads de­liv­ered a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance, es­pe­cially the sec­ond half.

“They (Scotland) scored a goal so there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment and we’ll be look­ing at that and see­ing what we could have done bet­ter but we scored three goals.

“There’s a lot of po­ten­tial through­out that team.” Tyne & North

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