Hall gets the nod to start for England in Euro semi-final against Greece

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Rob Hall is set to start this evening as England Under 19s continue their quest for European Championship glory when they take on Greece in the semi-finals.

The West Ham United forward has kept his place in Noel Blake’s side after being called in for the crucial final group-stage fixture against France on Monday – a match the Young Lions won 2-1 to progress to the last-four.

Former Grange School pupil Hall, who won the Under 17 version of the same competition with England in 2010, was a lively presence against the French and will look to continue in that vein against the in-form Greeks at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn.

Speaking to West Ham’s official website from Estonia, Aylesbury boy Hall, who had loan spells at Oxford United and MK Dons last season – and whose brother Matt plays for Thame United – said: “I am up for it and all the other lads are too, as you’d expect,” said the 18-year-old.

“It’s just about putting all the hard work into operation on the pitch.

“Greece will be one of our hardest games in the competition because they are a very experienced side and they have a lot of players who have already featured in their club’s first teams. They have a good team and we respect them.

The match is being shown live on British Eurosport 2 from 2.45pm UK time.

Spain take on France in the other semi-final at the same venue on Wednesday evening, with the winners meeting in the final on Sunday.