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Ben Godfrey: It's a big moment for me

21 March 2019

Ben Godfrey said getting his first call-up to the England Under-20s squad has been the cherry on top of what has already been a great season with the Canaries.

The 21-year-old could make his debut for the Under-20s in their Elite League game against Poland today (kick-off 2pm), with a second match lined-up against Portugal next week.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Godfrey said: “It’s a big moment for me and a moment I have been waiting for a long time. I’m really looking forward to it and being with the rest of the team.

“We’ve got Poland at home and then we are away in Portugal, so it will be a good experience for me.

“The international call-up is the cherry on top of what has been a very good period personally and as a team.”

Godfrey travels on the back of a 2-1 win with Norwich on Saturday, with the centre-back getting the winning goal against Rotherham.

Reflecting on the game, he said: “Every point is vital so it’s a great feeling. We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and take it game by game.

“When it’s a tight game like that and you have to fight and give everything for the three points towards the end, then it’s an unbelievable feeling when that final whistle goes.

“We knew what we were going to come up against and they are quite direct at times which is a massive strength for them. So, we can take lots of confidence from dealing with that and we’ve faced it a couple of times against teams like Millwall and Bolton.

"And as I have said before you have to enjoy those tasks and I think we are coming together and showing maturity and defending well in what can be very difficult situations.”

The goal was a special one for Godfrey who had family in the stands watching the game.

“I probably should be on a couple more than I am because I have missed a fair few, but it’s a nice feeling to contribute with a goal,” he said.

“It was nice as well because I’ve got family from up there, so my mum was there and that was a good feeling.”

Godfrey is one of 12 City players who were called up to play for their country during the international break, and said it’s good for the team to take a breather from the Championship schedule.

“It’s mentally tough as well playing football, it’s not just the physical side of it when it’s game after game and you are always thinking about it,” he said.

“So it’s good for some of the lads to recharge mentally and for us we are going away with the national team and it’s something we can enjoy as well. So everyone will be refreshed and ready for Middlesbrough away.”


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