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Ben Godfrey: We need our character and spirit against Manchester City

13 September 2019

Ben Godfrey insists whoever is called upon by Head Coach Daniel Farke on Saturday will be ready for the challenge that awaits them.

The Canaries host Manchester City at Carrow Road (5.30pm KO) with an unprecedented injury list meaning every fit player will be called upon.

Godfrey isn't concerned by this though and says the players coming into the starting eleven are more than capable.

"The quality is there. The players who maybe haven’t got many minutes are here for a reason because they’re good players. They’ll definitely be ready," Godfrey said.

"We can be confident because we are a good team. We have the character and team spirit that we’ve shown so much now.

"Man City are one of the best in the world. We have a real job to do to get three points but it can also act as a good marker to see where we are as a team."

Godfrey enjoyed a productive international break away with the England U21s, captaining the team in their second qualifier against Kosovo.

The 21-year-old also wore the armband after Christoph Zimmermann came off in the defeat at West Ham and he admits he sees himself as a natural leader.

"I felt sorry for Zimbo, he’s worked really hard to get back to 100%. The bad tackle on him, I did feel for him. I’m happy for Ibrahim [Amadou] who came on and it was good for him to get some minutes.

"As for me, playing with different partners can be difficult but we train together every day. I know most of the lads inside-out. Whatever partner I may have, I just have to give 110%.

"I believe I can be that type of person to captain the team in each and every game one day. I definitely have the personality to be a captain and I hope the lads think that too."


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