Norwich City youngster Todd Cantwell is lapping up England role

Norwich City academy prospect Todd Cantwell made his England U17s debut on Monday in the Nordic tournament. Picture: FA.com Norwich City academy prospect Todd Cantwell made his England U17s debut on Monday in the Nordic tournament. Picture: FA.com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:18 AM

Norwich City’s promising teenage midfielder Todd Cantwell is the latest member of the Canaries’ academy bidding to make his mark on the international stage.

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The 16-year-old, who was one of nine scholars signed by the club earlier in the summer, is currently in Denmark after his first call-up to the England Under-17s.

Cantwell played the final 28 minutes in Monday’s opening 5-1 romp against Iceland’s under-17s and is expected to be involved again in Tuesday’s next game of the tournament against Finland.

Fellow academy peers Josh and Jacob Murphy have both been involved with the Young Lions in recent seasons while the likes of Cameron McGeehan and Kyle McFadden have also earned international recognition.

Cantwell has been part of City’s academy since the under-10s and he admits his England selection was a huge shock.

“I went in to training and got pulled into the office at the academy, and they told me I’d been called up for the Nordics. I was quite emotional – I was so happy. It felt surreal,” he said. “I couldn’t get through to my parents to start with as they were both at work, but I got in touch with my brother and sister and they managed to pass the message on. It was a brilliant moment for me.

“I was really excited when I found out I was coming away. It’s different, and a new experience for me. There are some big personalities around. Obviously at Norwich I know everyone, but here I don’t know many yet – but I’m working on that bit. I didn’t know anyone when I first came so it was quite nerve-wrecking.”

Cantwell, speaking the FA’s official site, aims to leave a lasting impression on the England management.

“This is something I’ve been striving to achieve for a long time, and I want to be back again with England after this,” he said, prior to making his debut against Iceland’s under-17s. “I’ll not let this chance pass me by and I’ll do everything I can to be in the next squad. I’m an advanced midfielder and I like to be involved and get on the ball as much as possible. I’m quite a technical player who loves to dribble and beat a man, so I’ll be bringing that with me if I’m selected. My aim is to firstly get some minutes under my belt and win that first cap for my country. But then after that I want to get a few goals and grab some assists.”

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