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DUNK: IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE

19 October 2018

Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Newcastle United, Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk reflected on the memorable experience of being part of England’s international squad over recent weeks.

The defender earned his first England call-up for UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain, and despite not featuring for Gareth Southgate’s team, Dunk thoroughly enjoyed his time away with the Three Lions.

He said, “It was a great experience. I’d obviously been dreaming of getting the call one day, and eventually it came. It was great to be there and the team got two great results.

“It was unfortunate that I didn’t get on, but it was a great experience to be in the squad and hopefully I’ll be in there for many more games to come.

“The first half of the Spain game was a joy to watch, especially the first goal, which is one of the best goals I’ve seen England score in my lifetime.

“It was great to see where I need to be and test myself [in training] against some of the best players in the world. It was an enjoyable experience to be away with the team.

“He [Gareth Southgate] was a very good manager and he set a very nice, relaxed environment. It’s a very team-based environment and it was an enjoyable one to be involved in.”



The 26-year-old will now turn his attention to Saturday’s visit to the Magpies, and he urged his team-mates to focus on replicating the same level of performance that has led to positive results on the south coast.

“All the games when you’re playing teams around you, you always expect to win the match. We need to have that mentality but they’re the home team and they’ll think the three points are theirs.

“We’ve got to improve our away form, it probably hasn’t been good enough. We need to perform how we do at home and that’s what we’ll be focused on Saturday.

“I don’t know why it’s such a difference — it’s the same pitch, just different fans. But this is a good opportunity to change it. We’ll be going there to fight for our lives and hopefully bring those three points home.

“Obviously it’s a tough place to go, with a big ground and good supporters, but we’ll be making sure we try our best to get something from the game.”

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