England

v

Germany

 

 

FIFA U17 World Cup
Quarter-Final
11am Sunday 2 September 2007 (UK time)
Goyang Stadium, Goyang City

Gavin Hoyte hopes the memory of watching his brother Justin defeating Germany in 2001 will inspire him to do the same on Sunday.

Hoyte junior was in the Riverside Stadium crowd watching England's U16 European Championship Quarter Final with their old foes.

After Cherno Samba had equalised for the young Lions, the match went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

But, unlike most England-Germany clashes which are decided from 12 yards, the Three Lions had a chance to win it when Hoyte senior stepped up.

"I really wanted him to score it," said Gavin. "My mum couldn't watch it. She ran up the stairs and hid behind the stewards. I wanted to watch though."

The older brother duly stroked the ball home to send his family delirious.

"We were just jumping around celebrating," added Gavin.

Six years later, it's the younger Hoyte's turn to try do the same after England beat Syria on Thursday to set up an intriguing all-European clash at the impressive Goyang Stadium.

Captain of Arsenal U18s last season, Hoyte was part of a famous victory the last time England played at the venue, coming from behind to beat Brazil 2-1.

Germany will provide another stern examination but Hoyte, who has been involved in every England game this tournament, is looking forward to the challenge.

"They are a good team," he insisted. "From what we have seen on the videos they play similar to us, they use their wingers quite a lot. Their wingers seem quite fast and their striker is good in the air. The defence's shape is going to be important in this game.

"I'm excited about it. I just hope we can qualify for the Semi-Finals."

Hoyte, who played for Arsenal in a pre-season friendly against Barnet, can expect the customary 'good luck' text from his brother and fellow Gunner before kick-off.

"I have spoken to him since being here," said Hoyte. "He said I was doing well and keep up the good work. He's a role model to me. He's been through the England ranks so I look up to him.

"As a player we are totally different though. He's more of an attacking player while I am more defensive. I learn from him. He shows me ways to improve and talks me through things."

But was there ever any sibling rivalry when they were growing up?

"We used to have little battles in the garden," he recalled. "He used to try all his tricks on me. I just used to try and kick him."

If his defensive skills have been honed from watching his brother, then he has his parents to thanks for his searing pace - an invaluable attribute for a modern day defender.

His mother Wendy was a talented sprinter during the 1980s and held the UK indoor record for 50m while father Les was also well-known in athletics circles.

That speed has been passed down to Hoyte who in pre-season was the fastest at Arsenal over five and 15m.

"Nearly all my family runs so I guess I was always going to be quick," he said.