City ace set for England Under-21 captaincy

PUBLISHED: 23:44 08 September 2019 | UPDATED: 23:45 08 September 2019

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey is set for his second England Under-21 cap against Kosovo Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey is set for his second England Under-21 cap against Kosovo Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey will lead out England’s Under-21s in Monday’s next Uefa European U21 Championship qualifier against Kosovo’s U21s at Hull City’s KCom Stadium.

Godfrey made his Young Lions' debut in a late cameo from the bench in Friday's opening 3-2 away win against their Turkish counterparts. Max Aarons started the game while fellow Canaries' club mate Todd Cantwell was on the bench.

The Daily Mail claim Godfrey will get the captain's armband as Aidy Boothroyd's squad attempts to get off to the perfect start.

"It's incredible for me,' he said. "A real proud moment for me and my family. I'm really looking forward to leading the boys out there and hopefully I can top a great night off with three points.

"The last month been good - a massive learning curve. Learning on the job, really.

"A lot of us in the Norwich team haven't played in the Premier League before. It's what I've aimed to play all my life. It's why young boys start playing football, to play at the highest level. I'm really enjoying it."

Boothroyd was delighted with what he saw from a new crop of young talent after the fallout from last summer's failure at the previous tournament.

"When you get a group together for the first time and they're a bit younger than the opposition there's always a little bit of a worry that they might get bullied or beaten up," said Boothroyd, quoted in the Daily Mail.

"There was none of that in Turkey. We stood our ground, stood up to the environment and the opposition. What was most pleasing was that we went 2-1 down and fought back.

"It showed real character and if you've got that and not willing to be pushed around then we've got a really good chance of putting a successful team together."

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