Magri is a Euro star for Three Lions

Sam Magri
Sam Magri
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett, right. Picture: Shaun Boggust

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Sam Magri’s flying progress continued as he helped England to the European under-17 Championships in Belgium.

The Pompey Academy defender played a key role as the Three Lions beat Spain to qualify for the competition in Serbia this summer.

England grabbed a 2-1 victory to pick up their third win on the bounce in the elite round of the event.

Magri played all three games for his country this week as they opened with a 3-2 success over Northern Ireland.

England then followed that with a 2-1 win over the host nation before turning over the Spanish.

It’s another big achievement for the 17-year-old from Fratton, who is continuing to make great strides for club and country.

Academy boss Andy Awford was in Belgium to watch the meeting with Spain.

He was impressed with the teenager’s display on the big stage.

Awford said: ‘Sam did well and played all three games out there. It’s a nice thing for him to come over to a different country and play for England.

‘His mum and dad were as proud as punch.’

Magri will now hope to be part of the England team who move on to Serbia in June.

They need to finish among the top six sides in that competition to then make it to the under-17 World Cup the following month.

Awford believes being part of that will accelerate Magri’s development again.

He said: ‘Sam has played against a European style and could play against a South American style in the summer.

‘It’s a learning curve which will only benefit him – and Pompey.’