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'Surreal experience' says Brooks

12 June 2017

David Brooks is still on cloud nine after helping England to the Toulon Tournament at the weekend.

In his first taste of international football, the Blades midfielder was influential as the young Three Lions lifted the trophy at the prestigious French tournament.

Brooks, 19, was named Player of the Tournament and scored in Saturday's final against Ivory Coast.

He said: "It was an unbelievable experience and tops off what has been a tremendous campaign.

"I went looking to take as much of it in as possible, but ended the tournament with a couple of goals, three or four assists and lifting the trophy. As a team we played very well, I think we deserved to win it, despite having to endure a penalty shoot-out against Ivory Coast in the final.

"At the presentation at the end my number was called out and I went up to pick up a personal award. It was all in French and I didn't realise what I'd won until one of my team-mates pointed out that I was Player of the Tournament. All in all it was a surreal experience but one I'll remember for a long-time."

Brooks progressed through United's SteelPhalt Academy and it has been an impressive couple of days for the Shirecliffe facility. 17-year-old David Parkhouse scored on his Northern Ireland U21s debut and former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted the winner for England in the U20s World Cup.


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