Wembley dream alive for Norwich City winger Josh Murphy

Simon Francis of Bournemouth and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship ma

Simon Francis of Bournemouth and Josh Murphy of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 64026730/08/2014 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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.'

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