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Josh eyeing more glory with Young Lions

Posted on 24 March 2016  - 11:30

He might be the poster boy for the new England kit, but Josh Onomah insists it’s his performances on the pitch that matter most as he prepares for the first of England Under-19s’ European Championship elite round qualifiers today (Thursday, March 24).


Our 18-year-old Academy starlet, who has played 18 times for our first team so far this season, is pictured alongside Harry Kane and selected other players from the Three Lions’ various sides as part of the advertising campaign for his national team’s latest apparel.

Feeling “honoured and proud” to have had that opportunity, Josh says it’s now time for the hard work to resume on the field of play with the first of three matches in Spain this week taking place against Georgia this afternoon, kick-off 4pm.

“It’s weird really, I can’t believe it’s me!” said Josh after seeing himself on one of England’s billboards for the first time. “When I was growing up, every time they released a new England kit I’d see all the different players modelling it and for me to be doing it this year – I’m honoured and it’s a proud moment for me and my family.

“When I got the call I was a bit overwhelmed – I suppose it goes to show that I’m doing well but I’ve got to keep my head down now and carry on working hard.

“We’ve got three qualifiers this week against Georgia, Greece and Spain – all different types of tests. Obviously they will be hard games, especially playing Spain on their home turf, but we’re a confident group, we believe in ourselves and hopefully we’ll perform well.”

Josh was part of the England Under-17s side that won the European Championships two years ago and, with many members of that group now in the Under-19s ranks, the midfielder is hopeful of tasting success once more.

And, with club team-mates Kyle Walker-Peters also in the group this year, he says the squad is well-equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

“It’s great to have Kyle in the squad,” he added. “I was happy for him to get on the bench for the first team at the weekend and in terms of our squad as a whole, we’re all good friends so that should stand us in good stead.

“We’ve got a strong team, we’ve gelled together well and we’re confident going into these qualifiers as Under-17 champions.”