Hammer Hall gets England World Cup call

Rob Hall PHOTO: www.whufc.com
Rob Hall PHOTO: www.whufc.com

Aylesbury footballer Rob Hall has been named in England’s provisional squad for the Under 20 World Cup this summer.

The West Ham United youngster has been named in Peter Taylor’s initial 35-man party which will meet for a training camp at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park later this month.

There, former Under-21 manager Taylor and his coaching staff will assess the players before finalising their 21-man party for the tournament, which takes place in Turkey and starts on Friday June 7.

England have been drawn in Group E alongside Iraq, Chile and Egypt.

Former Grange School pupil Hall is one of eight of the 35 who were part of the England squad that won the UEFA European U17 Championship in 2010.

The 19-year-old made three first-team appearances for the Hammers this season, including making his Barclays Premier League debut against Fulham in September.

He subsequently spent the remainder of the season on loan at npower Championship clubs Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers, totalling 14 league appearances.

Hall has spent a highly productive spell playing football on loan locally at Oxford United where he became a firm fan’s favourite and then MK Dons before spells in the Championship with Birmingham – where he racked up 12 assists in 14 league appearances from the wing – and Bolton.

He is rated highly by the Hammers and was singled out by boss Sam Allardyce recently as one of a clutch of young Academy players who he felt could make the step up to the first team.