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Jason Wilcox's Manchester City charges are out to ease U18 English Premier League heartache

Former England winger believes his teenage stars suit the fast pace of the seven-a-side tournament

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 11:09pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 9:52am

Former England winger Jason Wilcox says his young Manchester City team will "put on a good show" at the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens, as they look to make up for the disappointment of defeat in last week's English U18 Premier League final.

Wilcox, 42, led City to victory in the North Group of the U18 Premier League in his first season in charge, but after making it through to the play-off final, they lost 1-0 to Everton at Goodison Park last Saturday.

The Soccer Sevens finishes the season nicely, so we're hoping to put on a good show
Jason Wilcox

They are now seeking to round off their season by improving on last year's Soccer Sevens debut, when Wilcox was part of the coaching staff in Hong Kong as City were knocked out by Scottish giants Rangers in the quarter-finals.

City have an early chance to avenge that defeat as they are pooled with Rangers, Hong Kong First Division club BC Rangers and Singapore Cricket Club in group C tomorrow.

"We were extremely disappointed to lose the U18 final, but I'm really proud to be the coach of what has been an excellent season for them in terms of development," said Wilcox, who first visited Hong Kong with England ahead of the 1996 European Championship.

"The Soccer Sevens finishes the season nicely, so we're hoping to put on a good show."

Wilcox believes his teenage stars suit the fast pace of the seven-a-side tournament, which features 16 teams in the main event and 12 sides in the Masters.

The tournament starts with the opening round of Masters group games tonight.

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