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Young Lion's pride

Posted on 17 November 2010  - 12:00

Steven Caulker was delighted to have made his England Under-21 debut on Tuesday night, despite the Young Lions being on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat.

Young Lion's pride

Steven Caulker was delighted to have made his England Under-21 debut on Tuesday night, despite the Young Lions being on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat.

The young defender, currently on loan at Bristol City, came off the bench 13 minutes from time for 10-man England against their German counterparts in Wiesbaden.

Still only 18 years old, the Academy graduate represented his country for the first time only earlier this year at Under-19 level.

But such has been his progress both for England and in loan spells with City and Yeovil Town last season that Steven has caught the eye of Stuart Pearce early.

And he did not feel out of his depth at a new level and is desperate to join fellow Spurs youngsters Danny Rose and Kyle Walker in becoming a mainstay of the squad during the coming months.

He said: "It was a bit of a shock when I got the call late on Sunday night but I was over the moon that I was in the squad

"I was hoping to get a few minutes, which I did. The game was lost at that stage but I was desperate to get on and make my debut.

"The scoreline wasn't great but I was really pleased to get on and be able to say I made my debut and hopefully I can build on that.

"Any age group you play at with England is a good standard, but it was a big step up and there were some big names in the squad. It was noticeable in training but it was a nice pressure to have and I enjoyed my time.

"It helped having Kyle and Danny there, plus there were a few of the boys I knew from the Under-19s as well. They're a good bunch of lads and we all got on well, so I had no problems settling in."