Norwich City’s new wave eye Porto final

Glenn Middleton against Dinamo Zagreb II at Carrow Road last month. Picture: Matthew Usher/Focus Ima

Glenn Middleton against Dinamo Zagreb II at Carrow Road last month. Picture: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's young guns will relish Friday's Premier League International semi-final test against Sunderland at Carrow Road (KO 7pm).

Scottish youth international Glenn Middleton, who notched four goals in three qualifiers for his country recently to ease Scotland to the Under-17 European Championship finals, is now eyeing more glory, with the winners set to face Portuguese giants Porto.

'It's the semi-final and you really want to be in the final. We're only one game away, so hopefully we can win and get there,' he told the club's official site. 'We've played them a bit in the past and we know that, on our day, we can go out and beat anyone.

'It might be a bit slow to start with as both teams try to break each other down. At the same time, when you get that chance and you see your opportunity to go forward, you've got to take it.'

The semi-final tie is again free for supporters, who can obtain tickets from the club's normal outlets, and the 17-year-old is hoping for a big home turnout after 2,526 watched City thrash Dinamo Zagreb 6-0 in the quarter-final.

'It makes a huge difference,' he said. 'You want to go out there and impress them, and you up it that little bit more. You want to show them how good you really are.'

Middleton, who signed his first professional contract at the turn of the year, was in prolific form for his country over the international break.

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'It's been good. I think we showed how good we are as a team,' he said. 'Playing up in the U23s has helped me a lot, making me able to go away there and show my experience. When we can all come together as a team like that, we all get better and we benefit from it.'

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