Angus Gunn taking England call-up in his stride, says Bryan
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Norwich City legend and proud father, Bryan Gunn, speaks to Mark Armstrong, about his son’s England call-up and the youngster’s plans beyond next season
The Gunn household was an emotional place to be on Friday evening.
As fans digested an encouraging performance by a young England side in the 0-0 draw against Germany at Wembley news started to filter through that more youth could be drafted in ahead of the friendly against Brazil.
Angus Gunn, fresh from helping England Under-21s to a 2-0 win in Ukraine, had been called up by manager Gareth Southgate to the senior squad.
Any father would be pleased at hearing their son has taken the latest step in reaching the pinnacle of their profession and Bryan Gunn is no different.
Only one thing could perhaps top what Gunn senior was feeling on Friday evening and that’s seeing his son between the sticks facing the might of Brazil tomorrow evening.
“I’m as proud as anyone could be,” said Bryan. “The only thing that can probably better it is if he can make his proper debut for them - that’s the only thing.
“Angus’ girlfriend, Phoebe, broke down in tears, his mum (Susan) was welling up and Melissa (Angus’ sister) was the same - he has made a lot of people very proud.
“I rang my mum to tell her the news and she was over the moon.
“I would think the calmest person was probably Angus – he takes everything in his stride and he is never overwhelmed by things. It’s just the next step for him and it’s reward for all the hard work that he has put in.”
Norwich fans were almost as happy with the news.
Angus is regarded as a Norwich player in these parts. Yes, he is owned by Manchester City but, having come through the academy with the Canaries and being the offspring of one of the club’s finest goalkeepers, fans consider him “one of their own”.
During what has been something of a tumultuous season so far, Angus’ assurance between the sticks on loan has been one of the unquestionable positives.
Head coach Daniel Farke has already admitted he wouldn’t swap him for anyone and many supporters have started to turn their thoughts to next season - can Norwich keep him?
Much of that will depend on what division Norwich are in and only a very brave man would make a certain guess at that given results so far.
But Bryan admitted his son is loving life back in Norfolk although it will be Manchester City that decide what’s the best thing to do with their asset come the summer.
“Angus is contracted to Manchester City for another couple of years and that’s his immediate future,” said Bryan. “Things can happen very quickly. For now though the plan is for Angus to get as much game time as he can to get that experience.
“He will then go back to (Manchester) City and everyone will reassess things.
“I know that Manchester City keep a close eye on him. I spoke to their goalkeeper coach last week and they are happy that he is taking his opportunity at Norwich.
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“They have a very good relationship with Norwich where they get all his up-to-date fitness stats etc.
“They keep in touch with him - he’s their asset and they want to look after him.”
It remains to be seen whether Norwich can match Angus’ ambitions. Sentiment has to be put to one side when making career decisions and if Norwich aren’t a Premier League club then the likelihood of a Gunn remaining in these parts diminishes.
Bryan believes what Norwich do in the January transfer window will have a huge bearing on whether City are dining at the top table again by the summer.
“Norwich have had their ups and downs - but it’s a transformative period for the club,” he said. “They’ve had to bring in a lot of new ideas and techniques all within certain budget requirements - there’s been a lot of change.
“With that there are bound to be ups and downs initially. But the experiences they had in September and early October with the good form they showed then is a real positive for them. Hopefully they can get back to that and they can remember what they were doing during that spell that made them so hard to beat.
“But overall I think it depends what plans they have in January where they will end up this season.”