Jamal Lewis relishing Windsor Park atmosphere

Jamal Lewis cannot wait for a taste of the Windsor Park atmosphere in Northern Ireland’s friendly with South Korea on Saturday (2pm).

Lewis received his first senior international call-up last week and has since joined up with the squad as they prepare for their first match of 2018.

Still only 20 years of age, a first cap would be another huge moment in what has been a ground-breaking season for the City full-back.

Speaking ahead of the match, Lewis said: “I’m just trying to take everything in my stride.

“Club football is going well and to get called up for your national team as well, it’s a great honour.

“Michael [O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager] has told me about Windsor Park and how the atmosphere’s crazy. I’ve never been to Windsor Park for a game so it will be my first taste of it for the South Korea match, so I’m looking forward to it.

“I heard the fans are crazy, like having a 12th man.”

Lewis made his first-team debut in the home defeat to Brentford just before Christmas and has since established himself as a key part of Daniel Farke’s starting eleven.

He qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through his mother, who was born in Belfast, and added that it’s always been his dream to become a full international.

“I’m just taking it game by game really, just really enjoying it as these are the kind of moments you dream about when you’re younger,” he continued.

“Now it’s come, you kind of pinch yourself sometimes but you just get on with it, just enjoy your football.

“The lads are really welcoming, really nice and we had our first training session yesterday. It was good just to stretch out the legs, get the ball moving, it’s been good so far.”

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