The 19-year-old midfielder marked his England Under-21s debut with a goal in Tuesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Bosnia-Herzegovina, having been elevated from the Under-20s set-up for the Young Lions’ final two qualifying matches for next summer’s European Under-21 Championship.
On the bench against Kazakhstan last week as England secured their spot at the Finals, his appearance on Tuesday in Walsall represented his first outing since our 5-0 EFL Cup win over Gillingham in September – a game which also yielded a landmark goal in the form of his first senior strike in our colours.
Both were similar finishes – cool and well-placed, into the bottom corner.
But the young man from Enfield isn’t ready to stand still as he looks to ride the wave of momentum sweeping through the Club by carrying on making an impact in front of goal whenever he gets an opportunity.
“I’m just happy, I’m enjoying my football at the moment and I’m looking to keep this positive momentum of scoring goals,” he said. “Any chance that I get, I’m looking to score goals. That’s the plan right now. It’s something that I’ve been working on for a while and I’m happy that the work has been paying off lately, but I’ve got to keep going and stay focused.
“Being around the lads here at the Club, we’ve got good team morale and everyone’s looking forward to the games that are coming up now. Hopefully I can help to make an impact and hopefully we’ll do well.”
Reflecting on his strike on Tuesday, England’s third of the afternoon, Josh emphasised the fact that it came as the latest perk in a positive period for him.
“It was a surprise to be called up because I was originally named with the Under-20s but then I got a call saying that Aidy Boothroyd wanted me for the Under-21s, so I was excited to hear that,” he said. “It was another proud moment for me and my family to make my debut at that level – and then to score was even better.
“I knew when the ball was in and around the box that I could have a chance to score and I was obviously happy to see the ball hit the back of the net.
“Coming up to England Under-21s, it’s a lot sharper, a lot quicker and it’s very competitive. There are a lot of boys that have been in and around the first team at their clubs like I have and it was a step up on a competitive level in training, but I learned a thing or two and it was a very good week overall for me.”