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Alfie Payne: We will be looking to go even further in the International Cup

13 November 2018

Norwich City Under-23s face Athletic Club Bilbao Under-23s at Carrow Road in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday (7pm kick-off).

Alfie Payne has been speaking to canaries.co.uk ahead of City’s game against the Spanish side.

The 19-year old has featured nine times for the Under-23s so far this season, and his impressive displays earned him a call up to the first team squad when they travelled to Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the month.

Payne said: “Playing in the competition will be a great opportunity to see how the European sides play, and to see how we can compete against them.

“It’s always good to experience different teams and different cultures. German teams, Spanish teams and English teams all play football in a different style.”

The last time the Canaries were in the competition, they progressed through to the semi-final in 2017, beating Celtic, Valencia and Dinamo Zagreb along the way.

That side featured the likes of James Maddison, Jamal Lewis and Josh Murphy - to name a few - who went on to establish themselves in the City first-team.

“Knowing that players who have played in the competition have progressed into the first team, it shows that if we work hard enough then we can progress as well as they have.

“It’s always good to see the path that we are going on is the same path other professional players have been on as well.”

Payne is excited to be playing against some top European opposition, and wants to see if this City Under-23s side can replicate what the 2016-17 group achieved.

“Every footballer wants to play against the best and compete against the top teams, so this competition is a great opportunity to see what we can do.

“We will be looking to emulate the form that they had in the competition and hopefully go even further.”

Tickets to see the game are free and can be collected from the ticket office at Carrow Road up until kick-off, or you can claim your free ticket online HERE.

Alternatively, we'll be providing live updates at canaries.co.uk and at our Twitter account.


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