‘Getting a goal won’t do me any harm’ – City midfielder hopeful of England U21s recall

Todd Cantwell scored his third goal of the season to help Norwich City win 2-0 at Everton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Todd Cantwell scored his third goal of the season to help Norwich City win 2-0 at Everton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Todd Cantwell is hoping his third Premier League goal of the season will boost his chances of a return to the England Under-21 squad.

The creative midfielder earned his first Young Lions call-up in September and played the final 30 minutes of a 2-0 qualifying win over Kosovo in Hull, alongside Canaries colleagues Ben Godfrey and Max Aarons.

However, both Cantwell and Godfrey had to pull out of the squad for two games in October due to injury and Cantwell was not called up for this month's squad, despite his City team-mates still being involved.

"I'm hungry to do well," Cantwell said, after scoring past England number one Jordan Pickford during Saturday's 2-0 win at Everton. "I respect that the squad that's picked is probably picked off form and whatever.

"So I've got absolutely no issue in regard to that, it's a pleasure to play for my country and whenever I'm called upon I'll be ready."

Cantwell and Godfrey are both 21 already but are eligible for the 2021 European U21 Championship because they were born in 1998, with former Canaries academy coach Aidy Boothroyd the man in charge of England's young stars.

"We've been in touch," Cantwell added. "We've been speaking and getting a goal won't do me any harm I don't think."

That clinical finish at Goodison Park, after being teed up by Teemu Pukki, contributed to Daniel Farke's team moving off the bottom of the table.

"I've been working very hard on that in training the last couple of weeks, getting in front of the goal and feeling calm and composed," the Norfolk-born talent explained.

"I saw Pickford take a slight step to his right and thought if I put it down in the corner he can't get down to it, so it was important to see it hit the back of the net."

Cantwell also battled hard defensively on Merseyside, with one particularly impressive sprint and tackle to catch up with Toffees midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin during the first half.

"Everton have got two fantastic full-backs who have played for France in their time, Lucas Digne, what a fantastic player he is," he added.

"So we knew we had to do a job defensively and we needed a base to work off, and when you see those chances go by you start to get the feeling that it is going to be your day."

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