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Adam's flying high

Posted on 7 September 2011  - 12:00

Adam Smith had to sing 'I believe I can fly' on joining up with England Under-21s - and he was certainly walking on air after making a successful debut on Monday night.

Adam's flying high

Adam Smith had to sing 'I believe I can fly' on joining up with England Under-21s - and he was certainly walking on air after making a successful debut on Monday night.

The young full-back was drafted into the squad by Stuart Pearce over the weekend as reward for his fine performances for England Under-20s in the FIFA U20 World Cup in July.

In flying form on loan at League One leaders MK Dons, Adam came on for his U21s debut in the second half of Monday's friendly against Israel at Barnsley.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Adam put in a faultless display at right-back and helped keep a clean sheet in the second half alongside Spurs team-mate Steven Caulker as the Young Lions turned the 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 win.

It was the latest step on the international ladder for the 20-year-old who has now been capped by England at Under-16, 17, 19 and 20 levels.

"I'm absolutely buzzing," said Adam. "I thought I did well for the Under-20s, things are going well at MK and to get called-up and make my debut for the 21s, it was fantastic.

"The first half wasn't the best but luckily myself and Steven Caulker helped the team turn it around on the night and in the end it was a good win.

"Fingers crossed I'll now be involved in the squad for the European qualifiers next month."

Adam played in MK's 3-1 win at Carlisle on Saturday afternoon before joining the national squad on Saturday night.

"I knew I was joining up last week but they wanted me to play for MK, so I met up after that," he explained. "I then had to sing in front of all the squad!"

It's a football custom for newcomers to sing in front of their team-mates - a ritual that's all part of being the new boy in town.

"Everyone was in the dining room when I arrived and I was thrown straight into it," he added.

"I was with Steven Caulker and Matthew Briggs and we had to sing 'I believe I can fly' (by R Kelly). I knew the words though, so I was alright!"