Barry Fuller said it is “fantastic” for AFC Wimbledon to be represented in tonight’s European Under-17 final by keeper Joe Bursik and he saluted the youth system that developed him.
Speaking ahead of tonight's match against Spain (7.00 pm kick-off), Barry was full of praise for Joe’s achievement with the home-grown Dons keeper as the only player in the England squad from a club outside the top-flight.
“JB has stepped up to England duty and it is a major achievement for any player, whether he plays for Man United or AFC Wimbledon,” said Barry. “It is testament to the club’s youth set-up that players have stepped up to the first-team in recent years and now Joe is playing for England U-17s, which is fantastic.
“It is a great honour for the club and our academy to have a player in a European final. Since I came here four years ago, the academy has shown that they can produce good players and it bodes well for the future of the club. I wish Joe well in the final.”
All at AFC Wimbledon wish Joe good luck in tonight’s final.