I could not stop smiling - Matt Lecointe
Plymouth Argyle striker Matt Lecointe earn his first England call-up!


I could not stop smiling - Matt Lecointe

2011/12 is a season Matt Lecointe is not going to forget for a long time, especially the months from October 2011 to February 2012. After a Plymouth Argyle youth team match against Yeovil Town, where Lecointe scored twice, the young talent earned his second senior start – on the day of Plymouth Argyle’s 125th birthday against Accrington Stanley!

Author: FootballAway
"I could not believe it, could not stop smiling for the rest of the day."
Matt Lecointe

The young talent arrived on the Home Park pitch to the biggest crowd that they had ever experienced, home or away, all season, and just after the 25 minute mark, Matt Lecointe looked to have been threaded in by Conor Hourihane only to be pulled down by visiting defender Hussey: Penalty – Goal! In the first half stoppage time, Lecointe’s toe poke found Soukouna, for Argyle’s second goal, and Matt Lecointe’s second “assist”, in his second senior start!


The week after

… was Carl Fletcher, the Argyle caretaker manager at the time, forced to start with they young Lecointe again because of injuries. It took only twenty minutes before the striker scored his first goal his first ever senior level! After the match Matt Lecointe told FootballAway: “It was the happiest moment of my life! As soon as I scored – I froze. I didn’t know what to do so I sort of jogged over towards the fans and by that time all the other players were around me and I was in complete shock!”


Noel Blake include Matt Lecointe in the England U18 squad

First England call-up for Matt LecointeJust a few days ago did the young Plymouth Argyle striker experience every young players dream: to be called up to play for his country. England U18s Head Coach Noel Blake picked his squad for the international game against Poland, and included Matt Lecointe. The England staff contacted the club, Plymouth, and the manager rung to bring the good news.


The young Argyle striker told FootballAway: “I could not believe it, could not stop smiling for the rest of the day. It is every players dream to play for their Country. I have come from nowhere to then being called up to play for my country… My hard work has been rewarded!! Only have my coaches, teachers, family and friends to thank for that!"

The England U18 match is to be played Wednesday, 07/03/2012 at Crewe Alexandra FC. For tickets you can call the FA at 01270 252510 (£3 adults and £1 concessions), for directions and matchday information you can find it at our Crewe Alexandra – Alexandra Stadium Matchday Info Page.

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