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Derby County’s Will Hughes excited at prospect of playing for England U21 at the iPro

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

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DERBY County midfielder Will Hughes says running out for England at his home ground tonight would be a very proud moment.

Hughes is hoping to win a seventh cap for the under-21s in the European Championship qualifier against Wales at the iPro Stadium, kick-off 6pm.

The 18-year-old started the nine-goal victory over San Marino in November, a win that kept England three points clear at the top of their group.

“Starting the last game gave me a lift,” said Hughes. “It would be great to start against Wales but just to be involved in the squad again is a big thing in itself.

“To get on the pitch with the game being played at Derby would definitely be a proud moment.

“Obviously, I know the surroundings and there will be some familiar faces behind the scenes and, of course, the Derby supporters.”

Rams striker Patrick Bamford is also in the England squad. Bamford, on loan from Chelsea, made his under-21 debut in the San Marino game and this is his second time in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

“Just being involved in the squad and training with the other players is going to make me a better player,” said Bamford.

“It would be really special to play in front of the Derby fans for England, if I get the chance.”

Hughes and Bamford are involved in Derby’s push for promotion from the Championship and admit this is an exciting time at club and international level.

“As a footballer, you’ve got to look forward to things like this,” said Hughes.

“If you don’t enjoy big games, you shouldn’t really be involved in football.

“It’s great to be in the Championship promotion race and we deserve to be there the way we are playing.”

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