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Armfield: Tom's On The Right Path

Posted: Mon 12 Nov 2012
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Club Legend Backs Pool's Under-21 International

Club legend Jimmy Armfield believes that Tom Ince has every chance of emulating his famous father Paul by winning full England honours.

Armfield, who won 43 caps and played for England at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, says that Tom, who has scored nine times already this season, can only learn from his experience with the England Under-21s.

"Playing international football is a nice distraction to have from the domestic campaign. I’m a big believer that playing for England in the youth age groups and the Under-21s gives you good grounding for the rest of your career, and Tom will need that if he’s to follow in Paul’s footsteps.

"Stuart Pearce has done well in charge of the Under-21s and I’m sure Tom will be looking forward to working with him and the team of FA coaches."

Pearce’s side recently qualified for the 2013 UEFA European Championships in Israel and his side will conclude a successful 12 months with a friendly against Northern Ireland at Bloomfield Road tomorrow night.

Armfield remembers playing an international fixture himself on home soil over 50 years ago.

“We used to have a Football League side which played two games a season and I captained them against the League of Ireland at Blackpool in 1960," he recalled.

“We won 5-2 and it was a good stepping stone for getting yourself noticed for England Under-23s, as it was back then, or maybe progressing to the senior side under Walter Winterbottom."

Tickets to see England's young stars in action remain on sale, priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) can also be purchased for £25.

To purchase, please call 0844 847 1953, visit the Bloomfield Road ticket office or go online to www.eticketing.co.uk/blackpoolfc