Cave-Brown on Scotland duty

PUBLISHED: 15:15 15 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 14 September 2010

Defender Andrew Cave-Brown will miss City's trip to his native Scotland - because of international duty for them!

Defender Andrew Cave-Brown will miss City's trip to his native Scotland - because of international duty for them!

Cave-Brown, 17, will represent Scotland in the UEFA European Under-19 Championships in Poland, starting next week, and is the only English-based player to feature in the squad.

Despite being drawn in a tough group with Spain, Portugal and Turkey, the 17-year-old is confident Scotland can return home victorious.

Cave-Brown said: "There is a belief we can win it. This is the first time for around 20 years that we have qualified.

"Everyone thought we'd do well to get there, but now we have qualified by putting out France and, if we get through the group stages, there is every chance we can win it.

"It's an indicator of how good this team is, but we'll have to prove it again at this age level."

Cave-Brown was born in England, but qualifies for Scotland through his Glaswegian mother, Joanne.

Although he could have played for England the teenager believes he has made the right choice by opting for Scotland.

Cave-Brown said: "All my family are so proud that I'm playing for Scotland.

"It's so good for Scottish football that a young team is doing well and obviously that will make it better for the future for us. When I was 15, I played in the Victory Shield and, since then I've been with Scotland and haven't ever thought abut England - my allegiances lie with Scotland.

"My mum was a big influence on me. I have a bit of banter with the lads because of my accent but it's not too harsh and they've all taken to me."

The Scots are the only home nation to qualify for the competition, with the young Tartan Army facing a tough opening set of group matches.

On Tuesday, they kick off their tournament with a match against Portugal, followed by matches against Spain (July 20) and Turkey (July 23). The final of the competition is scheduled for July 29.

Cave-Brown came through the Academy ranks with City and was this summer rewarded with his first professional contract.

The tournament means he will miss the Canaries' tour of Scotland, where they play Livingston and Falkirk, and he could be unavailable for the rest of their pre-season matches should his country get through the initial group stage.

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