“You never get tired of winning trophies for your country. We know that England have won this the last two years and it’s up to us to come here and do the job again. It’s a big tournament that everybody wants to win and hopefully we can get over the line again.
“When we were younger and looked at the older age groups there was not many games at Under-18 or Under-20 level - but that has all changed in recent years,” said about representing his country. Now we’ve grew up there are lots of games and tournaments at every level – Euros and of course the World Cup. There’s a lot of games for players to look forward to now and fight to be involved in. And tournament football is massive and getting to know that environment. Obviously the main aim for all of us is to get into the seniors and go to a World Cup, and we are getting plenty of opportunities to get competitive experiences and we have to make them count.
“It’s a great feeling to be back here. I’ve been involved in the set-up since Under-16s and know what it is all about. I missed it when I didn’t get called-up but now the opportunity has come again I really want to push on. I understood why I wasn’t included last time, but I just had to keep on working hard for my club at Blackburn and that’s what I did – that’s why I’m here now because of my performances.
“It’s always a striker’s aim to get amongst the goals and if I can do that out here then that can only be a good thing for me. Last season was a massive learning curve for me. I’m still only 21 and it’s all about learning but I’ve played over 100 league games now. That’s the main thing to keep getting experience, getting as many games as I can and pushing on.”