Wembley dream alive for Norwich City winger Josh Murphy
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Realising a boyhood dream is within touching distance for Norwich City youngster Josh Murphy – who grew up living close to Wembley.
The 20-year-old winger returned from a two-month loan spell with Wigan Athletic and scored a hat-trick for City's under-21s in a 4-4 draw against Liverpool at Anfield last week.
That earned the England U20 international a place on the substitutes bench for Saturday's play-off semi-final second leg against Ipswich, although he was not used during the 3-1 triumph.
Now Murphy is hoping to retain his place in Alex Neil's match-day squad for Monday's play-off final clash with Middlesbrough at Wembley – with twin brother Jacob also scoring twice for City's U21s against Chelsea in midweek to boost his hopes.
'I remember when it was being built; me, my mum and Jacob would look out of the window and see the arch, and mum would say that one day we'd be able to play there,' said Josh.
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'It was always there when we were growing up. It's every player's dream to play at Wembley, and if I get my chance on Monday I'm just going to take it and do everything for the team to get us that win.
'It would be a massive experience for me. It's a thrill to be around the squad. It's nice to be back around it, they're all great lads and there's a good feeling at the moment.'
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Josh has scored three goals in 16 games for City this season, before making five appearances for relegation bound Wigan, so was thrilled with his U21s hat-trick.
'I feel I grasped that opportunity, and that's why I was on the bench against Ipswich,' Murphy added, speaking to City's official website.
'It just feels like one extreme to another. I've gone from scoring a hat-trick at Anfield, which was brilliant, to hopefully playing at Wembley.'