Jacob Murphy knows he must keep performing for Norwich City to keep his England U21s place
PUBLISHED: 20:15 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:23 30 March 2017
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Jacob Murphy is hungry for more action with the England Under-21s and knows he needs to finish his breakthrough season strongly with Norwich City if he is going to make that happen.
The speedy winger received a late call-up to the Young Lions squad and made his debut in a 1-0 defeat in Germany before also starting a 4-0 win over Denmark, in warm-up fixtures for this summer’s Uefa European U21 Championship in Poland.
It continued the Canaries academy product’s excellent season, having scored his 10th goal of the campaign in City’s 2-0 win over Barnsley ahead of the break.
“I’m hungry for more, there’s the Euros in the summer, which is a target for me to try and push on to that squad,” Murphy said ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with Aston Villa.
“I think I gave a good account of myself when I was away so hopefully my club form can get me into the Euros squad.”
The 2013 FA Youth Cup winner, born in London but raised in west Norfolk, had represented his country at U18, U19 and U20 levels so was pleased to get the U21 call from Aidy Boothroyd.
The youngster set up Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the opener against Denmark, a game which was also started by his former Canaries academy team-mate Angus Gunn, son of City legend Bryan.
“It was great to get the call,” he continued. “I got it late afternoon on the Sunday and had to meet up the day after but I was really thrilled to get the call because I’ve been working hard and I thought maybe I could be in for a shout.
“I played my part in both games, the Denmark game I got an assist, which is what I’m there to do, create and provide for the team.
“And then Germany was a good experience to play against a top team with some really good German players. That was more off the ball work in that game but it was a good experience for me.”
Murphy has been in light training since returning from international duty, playing in his 40th game of the season, but expects to be fine for the trip to Villa Park.
“I’ve been light, they’ve taken it easy on me since I’ve come back,” he continued, speaking to City’s official website. “I needed, a little bit of a rest, but they’ll get me firing on all cylinders for the game.”