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MIDDLESBROUGH’S Bryn Morris sees no reason why he cannot be the first England captain to lead the national team to Under-19s European Championship glory.

Hartlepool-born Morris is set to skipper the young Three Lions over the next week as they play Belarus tomorrow, Luxembourg (Sunday) and Belgium (next Wednesday) in the qualifying group.

All three games take place in Luxembourg, with the group’s top two teams advancing to next spring’s elite round of seven groups of four teams before the eight-team finals.

Morris told of the optimism among manager Sean O’Driscoll, the staff and players.

He said: “An England U19s team have never won the Euros and the manager’s said to us that people have come up to him and told him that we can win it.

“Germany won it last year but we’ve beaten them and drew with them so there’s no reason why we can’t win.

“There’s no pressure on us.”

Midfielder Morris believes England need to win all of their games, although he admits to being in the dark about two of next week’s opponents.

He commented: “I know next to nothing about Belarus and Luxembourg, but we beat Belgium 4-0 (in February), though that wasn’t their best team.

“Everyone is confident in winning the matches, but we have to take each games as it comes. We need to win all of our games.

“We haven’t been together for a while but it was a really good training session yesterday morning.”

Former Doncaster and Bournemouth boss O’Driscoll has taken up the reins of the U19s following Noel Blake’s assistant manager role at Blackpool.

“He’s been a manager of first teams so that’s better for us as he treats us like men rather than kids,” added Morris.

“When someone likes you, you tend to like them back.”