“They should have beaten Iceland by two or three goals. Ukraine have pace, movement and they’re physical.

“The Reading team was just numbers so I didn’t know who was playing.

Hyam was given the nod at the heart of Sbragia’s defence against Iceland at Pittodrie in October and he shone.

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On 26 November 2015, Hyam joined Basingstoke Town on loan 2 January 2016. On 1 February, transfer deadline day, Hyam moved to Dagenham & Redbridge on loan until 5 March 2016.[6]

Hyam is only 19 and not yet part of Reading’s first-team.

“On that night, he was excellent, they beat Leeds 3-1. He’s a good defender.”

THE 20-year-old midfielder, who is on loan from Celtic, injured his knee during Inverness’ win at Motherwell.

“He’s still developing, he’s still under 20.

Southampton duo Sam Gallagher and Matt Targett both chose England after initially playing for the Scots.

“His next progression will be to go out on loan again to a Football League club.

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However, England youth coach Noel Blake pointed out that Ricky Sbragia's team have plenty of players in their squad that could have made the same choice, including Hyam, the Reading central defender.

On 31 August, Hyam joined Portsmouth on loan until 8 January 2017.[9]

The Scots boss said: “Mick Oliver did the spadework with Dominic. He came back and said he was eligible and it went from there.

In February 2015, he joined Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town on an initial one-month loan, which was later extended until the end of the season.[5]

Sbragia said: “The first time I saw Dominic was in a youth cup final two years ago between Leeds United and Reading.

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And after handing him a competitive debut for the Scotland Under-21 side, he hasn’t changed his opinion on the Reading centre-back.

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:26, 31 August 2016 (UTC).

But after likening him to Evans and being made aware of his eligibility, Sbragia has had high hopes ever since.

The coach admits the kid has still plenty to learn at international level but says Hyam offers hope that there are talented young defenders coming through the system.

“At the end of the game, I had one note next to Dominic’s number: Jonny Evans.

The Daggers have also announced that former Southend and Peterborough midfielder Kane Ferdinand has left the club after his contract expired.

“He hasn’t played too much at Reading. They sent him on loan to Hemel Hempstead just to get games under his belt.

He explained: "My dad was in the RAF from the age of 16 and used to be based at Leuchars in Fife. My mum was pregnant with me at the time and that's where I was born. He was only there for between six months and a year before we moved back down south.

RICKY SBRAGIA took one look at Scots starlet Dominic Hyam – and compared him to ex-Manchester United ace Jonny Evans.

Dominic John Hyam (born 20 December 1995) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a defender for Portsmouth, on loan from Reading F.C.|Reading]].

“I know it’s important to win games but we have to know whether these boys are going to hit the mark we want. So we have to play them.

Hyam qualifies for Scotland through his father Steve and Sbragia is delighted to have him on board.

“The strange thing was, on the team-sheet, it was only the Leeds’ line-up.

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Hyam, Dominic - Portsmouth (ENG)

“They tend to do that with their young players.

Sbragia first clapped eyes on Hyam during a youth game against Leeds, unaware of his Scottish roots.

“If that happens, he’ll turn into a very good player. He does the job well, he’s got composure as well.

“Against Iceland at Pittodrie, I put Dominic in and he played very well.

The Scotland Under-19 player Dominic Hyam has assured Ricky Sbragia he has no intention of turning his back on Scotland.

“He’s got speed and power so he stuck out. Instead of writing all that down when I’m watching games, sometimes I just try to think of a player. And with Dominic, it was Jonny who came to mind.

Scotland Under-21 international Hyam spent time on loan in non-league last term at Hemel and Basingstoke.

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