Brighton & Hove Albion defender Shane Duffy believes that Lewis Dunk’s involvement in the England squad has made him an even better player ahead of tonight’s game with USA at Wembley Stadium.
The pair have been a mainstay of Chris Hughton’s side so far in the Premier League this term, and the Irishman highlighted the progression of his central defensive partner after his first inclusion in the Three Lions set-up last month.
He said, “Hopefully he can kick on now within the squad, he went there last month, and those experiences will have done him a lot of good.
“You can see in his game since he’s come back that he’s been an even better player.
“That’s what the confidence from being in that sort of environment does for you as a player – it’s the highest level you can get to and he’s gone and reached that.”
“He’s got there through hard work and believing in himself, so he fully deserves everything he gets.”
Gareth Southgate’s also entertain Croatia in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley Stadium on Sunday after tonight’s game against Dave Sarachan’s men – Duffy will also be in action tonight for the Republic Ireland against Northern Ireland, but hopes his teammate gets the call-up his form so far this campaign deserves.
“Wherever I am this week I’ll be looking out for the England line up on Thursday evening.
“We’ll actually be playing at the same time with our two matches – but I hope he gets on because he absolutely deserves it.
“He’s been fantastic so far this season and everyone speaks so highly of him.”
Dunk was on the scoresheet for the second time in as many matches at the weekend in the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City, and Duffy reflected on the form of his defensive partner as well as the frustrating contest.
“He’s carried on his form from last year and he’s got himself some goals recently too.
“He was excellent on Saturday again – we were both so frustrated at the end because we felt like we dealt with everything they threw at us and then the decision’s gone against us and there isn’t a lot either of us can do about that.
“It hit the bar and then Lewis cleared one off the line – we did everything and felt like we deserved something but hopefully that will turn around in our favour over the course of the rest of the season.”