Midfielder proud of 'massive' international achievement

Albion youngster Steven Alzate has stressed the importance of staying focused and grounded following his international call-up to the provisional Colombia senior squad.

By Alex Stedman • 29 October 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate in action against Chelsea

The midfielder has been named in Carlos Queiroz’s squad for two friendlies against Peru and Ecuador on the 15th and 19th of November respectively, and spoke of his determination to continue seizing the opportunities which come his way.

He said, “Things are happening quickly for me at the moment, probably quicker than I expected to be honest, but it’s about staying level-headed and grounded.

“I know I have to keep working hard every day, and I can’t take this position for granted.

“It does feel a bit like a dream with making my Premier League debut a few months ago and now getting this call-up, but it’s fantastic for me.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate

The 21-year-old was born to Colombian parents in London and reflected on what the international involvement meant to both himself and his family.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family and a massive achievement,” he continued.

“It’s an honour to play for my country and something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now.

“I felt like Colombia were the right team, especially with the background of my parents – everyone’s proud of me and can’t wait until I get my first game for them."