Norwich's Jamal Lewis made headlines recently when a last minute header against Chelsea in the FA Cup sent his team into extra time. Granted, Norwich were eventually eliminated on penalties 5-3, but the youngster has made an impression for the Canaries this season, featuring 13 times in the Championship.
The Luton born left back is set to make his debut for Northern Ireland against South Korea this Saturday, and in an interview with the Eastern Daily Press the 20-year-old revealed he had no intentions of ever turning out for the Three Lions, despite growing up in England:
Obviously, half my family’s from here (Belfast) so it was a bit of a no-brainer when Michael (O’Neill) asked me to join the senior squad. I was just delighted. Everything’s moving so quickly, I’m just trying to take it all in my stride.
My mum Catrina, who is from Belfast, was ecstatic, she was going crazy. My mum’s coming over and that will be great for her. Obviously there were decisions to be made - regarding Northern Ireland or England - but I’ve made it so it’s in the past now. I just want to enjoy it with the Northern Ireland squad and move forward.
Lewis went on to say that the call up was "an honour" and that "these are the kind of moments you dream about when you’re younger".