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Kemp's career highlight

Filed: Monday, 12th June 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham youngster Dan Kemp has described his time with England's Under 20s at last weekend's Toulon tournament as "the best experience I've had so far in my career."

Kemp was an unused substitute on Saturday night as his young team mates secured the tournament trophy courtesy of a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the Ivory Coast, after the game had ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

However the Hammers youngster - who starred in the 1-0 win over Angola, a 2-1 success against Japan and the 3-0 semi final win against Scotland - was still delighted for his team mates following their final success.

"It was an amazing feeling to win such a great tournament with my country," he told whufc.com. "The best experience Ive had so far in my career. To put the England shirt on and play for your country is an incredible feeling and to go and win is amazing.

"And the feeling at the end was amazing and pure joy. Im proud to win for my country and proud of the boys after such a great tournament for us. We were all so happy and buzzing to win.

I feel like it had been an amazing experience to play for my country three times and contribute with a couple of assists in the games I played in. I would have obviously loved to play in the final but I still feel I have contributed well to the tournament win.

I want to keep working hard to make sure I get more and more international caps to come and one day make my debut for the senior team," he continued. "That is the ultimate goal. I just want to keep learning more and more.

"This has been a perfect end to a great season for me personally and one that Ive massively enjoyed. I am looking forward to resting up now and then getting back to working hard prior to the new season.

"I want to achieve more and more and win more next year."

England won the final on penalties following a 1-1 draw after normal time. Sheffield United youngster David Brooks gave Neil Dewsnip's side an early lead before Ak Arnaud Loba equalised from the penalty spot nine minutes from the end of normal time.

The Young Lions reached the semi final of the tournament courtesy of topping Group A with maximum, points following wins against Angola, Japan and Cuba - the only group game in which Kemp wasn't involved.

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