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9 September 2015

Weston, Rea and Smith all reflect on international calls.

Three Southend United players were on their travels this week as Myles Weston, Glen Rea and Ted Smith represented Antigua & Barbuda, Ireland and England respectively.

We spoke to all three to get their reflections on their relevant matches.

Myles Weston was frustrated as Antigua & Barbuda bowed out of World Cup qualifying at the third round.

Weston scored the winner in the first leg against Guatemala to earn a 1-0 victory but the Guatemalans bounced back in the second leg with a 2-0 win.

“It was a disappointing result but we gave our all. It was a very hard game. We worked hard and did the best we could. They were too good on the night but every one of the lads gave their all and you can't knock anyone for that,” Myles said.

“We have to learn from that and make sure next time we're in this position we get through. It was a good experience for me playing with the lads and the fans, the atmosphere was great.

“I'm happy to get that experience and now it's about coming back to Southend and getting back in that starting lineup.”



Glen Rea was another Southend player to be abroad this week as he represented the Republic of Ireland under-21s in Andorra.

Ireland came out 2-0 winners with Glen playing 87 minutes of the game in the UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Round Group 2

“It was a 2-0 win and it was one of those games where they made it tough for us and tried to stop us playing our game but it went well and we got the win we wanted, which is all that matters,” Glen reflected.

“I played holding midfielder and a clean sheet is always good. They like playing me in there and I’ve played the majority of my games for Ireland playing in that position.

“I don’t mind playing there though and as a professional you have to be versatile.”



Finally, Ted Smith spent this week with England under-20s, playing one of the two games against Czech Republic.

The game at St George's Park resulted in a 5-0 win for England, but the second test at Shrewsbury Town's New Meadow resulted in a 1-0 defeat.

Ted started the game and was disappointed with the result.

“It was nice to play at the stadium and it was a good week. I said beforehand that I was really desperate to play at Shrewsbury’s stadium and it was good to do that. 

“There were quite a few in there and there was a good atmosphere as well.

“It was a frustrating game really. I couldn’t do anything about their goal to be honest and I had one or two routine saves to make. 

“We had most of the possession and had chances of our own but it wasn’t to be. Overall though, it was a good experience and a good test in the friendly match."



You can read the full interview with Myles, Glen and Ted in Saturday's issue of Blues.

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