Canaries star gearing up for two important Euro 2020 qualifiers with Northern Ireland

PUBLISHED: 08:43 03 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:43 03 June 2019

Norwich City left back Jamal Lewis still has unfinished business this season for Northern Ireland 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Norwich City left back Jamal Lewis still has unfinished business this season for Northern Ireland Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

The beach can wait for Jamal Lewis as he targets a Euro 2020 double with Northern Ireland.

City's Championship title winner has already clocked up 51 appearances this season, but is now back in training for his country ahead of upcoming trips to Estonia and Belarus.

Michael O'Neill's squad have picked up maximum points from two opening qualifiers and Lewis wants another full house with daunting group games against big-hitting duo Germany and Holland later in the year.

The 21-year-old has established himself as first choice for his club and is on track to be Chris Brunt's long-term successor at international level.

"It is great that Michael has put his trust in me and I can try to repay him with my performances," said Lewis, who now has eight senior caps. "I watched Chris for so many years but knowing he was retiring I also knew if I could step up to the mark there was a spot for me to take. Hopefully I have done that. It would have actually been a good opportunity to learn a few things from someone who had played at the highest level for so long.

"We are looking forward to these games and trying to put another six points on the board. That will really put us in a great position for the later qualifiers.

"We have had chats about it as a team and these four games, two at home and the two reverse fixtures, could be vital to our chances of getting through. We'll be looking to repeat what we did at Windsor Park, the performances were very good, and there is no reason we can't do that away as well."

Lewis only made his international debut 14 months ago in a friendly win over South Korea.

"The first cap was very nerve-wracking but it was good to get a positive result and to play at Windsor Park for the first time," he said, speaking on Northern Ireland's official podcast show. "I don't think I played that well. I didn't show the fans what I can do but in the last couple of games I think I have been able to show a bit more what I do at club level, for the Northern Ireland fans who probably don't watch the Championship or Norwich.

"I think I have found my feet now. I only actually had the one cap at Under-21 level. My career just accelerated. I made my first team debut and was then a Championship regular."

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