Norwich midfielder thrilled by ‘massive honour’ after being called up by Gambia

Ebou Adams has been called up to the Gambia squad. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images

Ebou Adams has been called up to the Gambia squad. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Gambia have handed Norwich City midfielder Ebou Adams has first international call-up.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at League One leaders Shrewsbury Town until January, alongside Canaries colleagues Carlton Morris and Ben Godfrey.

He has featured in eight matches for the Shrews but only started twice. However, that has still brought his abilities to the attention of the west African nation, due to Adams’ eligibility through his parents.

“It’s a massive honour,” the London-born youngster said.

“You’re doing your mum and dad proud, you are doing your whole family proud and what could be better than making your family smile?”

City signed Adams from Dartford on transfer deadline day in January 2016 before activating the one-year option in his contract at the end of last season.

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He will now joining up with Gambia – ranked 164th in the Fifa world rankings – ahead of two friendly games against Morocco over the next week.

“I think I’ve been on their radar ever since I got my loan move to Shrewsbury,” Adams continued.

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“I was coming back from the Peterborough game (in late October) and I got an email saying that I was in the squad. I was buzzing and I can’t wait to join up with the squad.

“I’m pleased, my loved ones are pleased and my family is pleased. Both my mum and dad are from there, so it was good news to tell them and they were over the moon to know that I’m going to play for their country and my country as well.”

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There are two other players in the Gambia squad who are based in England, Nottingham Forest midfielder Mustapha Carayol and Reading forward Modou Barrow, who played in the Premier League with Swansea.

“To be known as an international player as a youngster is good and it gives me a bit of exposure,” Adams added, speaking to Shrewsbury’s website.

“They’ve got players like Mustapha Carayol and Modou Barrow who are their two main players and they are decent players and they play a good standard, so going there should be good. It was a surprise because I wasn’t expecting to be called-up anytime soon, but it’s a bonus and a reward and I’ve just got to try and take it with both hands.”

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