ELITE Development Squad striker George Waring believes there are plenty of positives to be taken from the Under-19s’ recent tour of Switzerland.
The young Potters finished as U19 Altstatten International Tournament runners-up after narrowly missing out on the title following a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Brazilian outfit Atletico Paranaense.
The 19-year-old says although it was disappointing not to win the competition, the squad can be proud of their achievements during the two-day tournament.
“To get to the final was a great effort by the lads,” Waring told stokecityfc.com.
“Penalties can go either way and unluckily for us their keeper guessed correctly on a couple of occasions which was disappointing.
“We had played the Brazilians earlier in the competition and they managed that game well but in the final we were more ready for them and I felt we gave a good account of ourselves.”
He added: “There were some very good teams in the competition who played a number of different styles of football which we wouldn’t usually come up against in England so to finish as runners-up is a good achievement.
“It was a great experience and there are a few learning curves which we can take away and work on in the future.”
The former Everton forward has recently returned from a long-term injury picked up shortly after netting four times for the Under-21s in a 5-1 triumph over West Bromwich Albion earlier in the season and he admits it is good to be back in the fold.
“From a personal perspective it was good to get some minutes under my belt in readiness for next season,” he revealed.
“I couldn’t have picked up the injury at a worse time really but it is part of football and I’ve just got to push from it.
“We’ve got four weeks off now to chill out a bit but at the same time make sure we are ready for pre-season at the beginning of July.”