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Lewis-Potter: England U21 debut would mean everything

28 March 2022

Keane Lewis-Potter is eager to make his debut for England Under-21s, as they head to the Elbasan Arena to face Albania tomorrow night.

This is the Hull-born forward’s first call-up to the Young Lions and the 21-year-old explained how he received the phone call from England Under-21s manager Lee Carsley.

“I got the call the day after the Coventry City game. I was still in bed when I got the call off the England gaffer and I was buzzing,” said Lewis-Potter.

“I wasn’t really expecting it because I was in contention for the Under-20s, but for Lee (Carsley) to ring me to say I was joining the Under-21s was a great feeling.

“The gaffer has been great with me. He has told me to do what I do normally every week for Hull City as that’s what has got me in the squad and just keep working hard and train how I normally would.

“The lads as well have been great. You talk about big names who play in the Premier League week in, week out and it’s just about getting on their wavelength, playing at their tempo and I think I have done that.”

Lewis-Potter was an unused substitute for the Three Lions’ first UEFA European U21 Championship qualification match in Group G this international break, defeating Andorra 4-1 at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.

Among some Hull City fans who attended the fixture, fellow Tigers players Jacob Greaves, Brandon Fleming and Billy Chadwick made the 434-mile round trip to the South Coast and Lewis-Potter was thankful for the fans and his teammates for making the journey.

“It was nice to see the boys (‘Greavesy’, Billy, Brandon) come down and support me. They’re my best mates in football and when you have lads who do that for you, you would do the same for them and I think because of how close we are on the pitch, it shows off the pitch too,” explained Lewis-Potter.

“It’s always great to see the Hull City supporters. We see them every week, but for them to come all the way down to Bournemouth to support me was excellent and they got to watch the team put on a good performance and it was nice for them to come down and support me.

“It (matchday experience) was something I had never experienced before so it was nice to be around the lads and be in the changing room for a good win. The lads put in a good performance and it was good to be there.”

Carsley’s side travel to Elbasan Arena to face Albania U21s tomorrow night (KO: 7:45pm), and Lewis-Potter is hopeful of making his debut for the Three Lions before implementing what he has learned for the rest of the season with the Tigers, starting with a Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment so far. To get the call-up is something I have been working on for a long time and thankfully it came round for me.

“It will mean everything to me (to make my debut). I’ve worked for this moment my whole life and if that was to come true, I would be over the moon with it.

“I’ve learned new things while I’ve been here so far and hopefully I can implement that into my game on Friday night against Huddersfield Town."

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