‘The Boy Has Got Skills’ – Everton’s Hallam Hope

Hallam HopeEverton youngster Hallam Hope will be hoping that he’s done enough for a new contract at Everton this season.

The Manchester born striker signed a full-time scholarship with the Toffees’ having  joined from Manchester City back in 2005.

The striker, who is eligible to line-up for both England and Trinidad and Tobago, has been described as somewhat of a silent assassin on the pitch due to his ability to go un-noticed in the box until he is ready to pounce.

The youngster has been a regular goalscorer throughout the Everton youth teams since his move, including causing an instant impact in the Under-16’s 2009/2010 campaign.

His good performances that season helped earn Hope a number or call-ups to the Under-18 youth squad as well as becoming a big part of Everton’s 2010 FA Youth Cup Squad.

These performances earned the youngster a call up to International level, as he made his debut for England Under-17’s in the Victory Shield back in October 2009.

He followed up this cap with a brace in England’s 3-1 win over Ukraine in France’s Montaigi Tournament in 2010.

Despite the fact the Hope has represented England at International, he is still eligible to represent Trinidad & Tobago.

Hope celebrated his England appearances by being somewhat of a revelation for the Under-17’s the season after.

He scored seven goals in nine appearances during that 2010-2011 season as he helped the side qualify for the European Championship Finals.

The sides good form continued all the way to the semi-finals in Serbia before eventually falling to defeat at the hands of Holland.

Hope achieved a school-boy dream during the summer of 2011 as he scored a goal of great importance on a personal level.

The striker found the net during the Mexican Under-17 World Cup, helping them reach the quarter finals of the competition.

That 2010-2011 season was also a big one for Hope at club level.

Everton romped the national academy title that season and was rewarded for his progression at both club and international level by being named in the reserves on a regular basis.

Since then Hope has earned yet more caps at both Under 18 and Under 19 levels, the latter saw him named in the European Championship Finals in Estonia, after a call-up from Noel Blake.

Hope, who’s current contract ends in June 2013, will be hoping that he’s done enough to earn himself a new deal.

However the youngster may have to wait until David Moyes signs his contract extension before one arrives for himself.

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