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Smith's delight

Posted on 12 October 2011  - 12:00

Adam Smith expressed his delight after his latest step on the international ladder.

Adam Smith expressed his delight after his latest step on the international ladder.

The young full-back earned his first full cap for England Under-21s in Monday night's European Championship qualifier in Norway and at the same time, made his first competitive appearance at Under-21 level.

Adam earned his first cap for Stuart Pearce's team as a substitute in last month's friendly win against Israel and followed up with a fine display as the Young Lions ran out 2-1 winners in their first match on a 4G artificial surface at the Marienlyst Stadium, Drammen.

"It was great to get my first start in a competitive match, rather than a friendly," he said.

"The match means more and there is that little more pressure, because you can't afford to lose.

"I thoroughly enjoy the pressure side to it though and thought it went well. Norway are probably seen as our biggest rivals in the group, so to beat them away was a great result."

Adam has represented England at Under-16, 17, 19, 20 and 21 levels and was a star performer at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this summer.

"It's good for my profile to get a start for the Under-21 team because a lot of the players are regulars in the Premier League," he added. "Hopefully I'll be involved again next time."

Adam now returns to his loan at MK Dons. "It's all about playing consistently well for MK now and hopefully I'll get plenty more games under my belt," he said.