Wednesday Feb 18, 2009
TAMWORTH midfielder Tom Shaw says his experience with the England C squad this week will make him a more confident person both on and off the pitch.
Shaw played the second half of the England C’s international against Malta under-21 with the national side running out easy 4-0 winners.
Goals from Paul Brown, Lee Tomlin, Shaun Densmore and Sean Newton were enough to secure victory ahead of England’s International Challenge Trophy game with Belgium in May.
And Shaw, who set up the final goal with a deft flick, said: “It was a fantastic experience.
“The whole set up and the way manager Paul Fairclough goes about things was very professional and thorough.
“ It was the first time for everyone in the squad so we spent a couple of days getting to know each other and clicking.
“I think we were all of the attitude that it could be our one and only chance to shine so we all knuckled down and as the result showed on Tuesday night, we all did really well.
“The whole 16 man squad performed superbly and Paul Fairclough was delighted with how we did.
“He admitted we have all given him a big selection headache.
“Whether I have done enough to be included in the next squad I’m not sure but it’s nice to have put myself in his thoughts.
“I think the whole experience of wearing the England shirt, singing the anthem and playing has made me very proud.
“It has given me a lot more confidence as well.
“But I’ll put the England thing to one side now because I want to focus my attentions on helping Tamworth win the title.
“The club have been great to me. I had texts off the gaffer Gary Mills and support from Russell Moore and Steve Greaves, one of our directors, even came out to support me.
“I really appreciate all the backing I have had and hopefully I can now help the club push on.
“We are heading for a busy time and that’s fine by me. I like the Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday format because it allows you to get into a rhythm.
“Hopefully we can get some more wins under our belts and get back to the top spot.”
See photo's of Shaw in this Saturday's programme v Workington.