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Wan-Bissaka: I Know My Dad's Excited, But He Just Doesn't Show It

6 September 2018

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is looking forward to tonight’s UEFA European Under 21 qualifier against Netherlands at Carrow Road after winning his first call up to Aidy Boothroyd’s squad.

“The squad is strong and to be involved in it means a lot to me.

“I can see the squad is a hard-working team and very focused and professional and it’s a team that will push you and carry you to where you need to get to.

“Everyone wants to work hard and focus and you can feel the difference in the training sessions with the U21s,” said the 20 year old speaking at St Georges Park this week after his first taste of life under Boothroyd.

“I like Aidy, at first I thought he would be strict. The tempo is high in training and the pace is up and you’ve got to focus on it, to keep up.

“I was looking forward to it and I enjoyed it as well and I thought I learned something from today’s session, which all helps towards my game. It helps me get used to the formation we play.”

Having experienced life with the England Under 20s after still only a handful of Premier League appearances to his name he is taking one step at a time and taking on board advice from his father to know the journey has only just begun.

“To get called up for the U20s last season, I was so excited because I’d never had one before and it was another new challenge.

“I like new challenges as it’s something I can learn from so I just wanted to get started. I didn’t tell no-one [about the call-up] I just kept it to myself for a bit.

“I want to look at it like a shock but at the same time, I don’t want it to get to me or get to my head.

“So I leave it for a bit and then first I’ll tell my dad and then go onto my friends and that’s how I told everyone.

“I know my dad’s excited, but he just doesn’t show it on purpose.

“There’s a thing when he says: ‘Good, but just keep going and keep working hard, it doesn’t stop here’, which helps me.”

Quotes supplied by fa.com. 


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