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11 October 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk at the ABAX Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk believes Lewis Dunk’s England call-up offers inspiration to members of his under-23 squad, as they look to follow in the 26-year-old’s successful footsteps.

Rusk has watched Dunk’s growth with the Seagulls during his time at the club, and the Albion coach urged his players to take note of the consistency the defender has shown over the years to attract international attention.

He said, “I’m delighted for Lewis, he absolutely deserves it. It gives everyone at the club a healthy boost.

“It’s the ultimate achievement for a player to get a full international call-up. It’s quite an inspirational thing for the players to see Lewis get that level of credit.

“You have to believe that if you work hard enough, you’ll one day get that opportunity. I would like to think it’s something the players will look at.”

“Dunky has shown a real consistency at the top level of football over a long period of time, and that would be the message I give to my players.

“I’d certainly encourage the players to look at Dunky’s qualities — they can improve their own game off the back of that.”

Rusk reflected on his memories of Dunk when he first joined the club’s academy, and he expressed his delight for long-serving colleague Vic Bragg, who has seen the defender’s Albion rise from day one.

“I was the under-18s coach at the time, but Lewis was in and around the under-21s. He showed the same qualities he offers now — his range of passing and ability to stay calm under pressure.

“Perhaps what he’s added now is that level of maturity into his game. It’s clearly paid off for him.

“There are a lot of people like Vic Bragg who have been at the club for a long time. I think it’s really nice for people like Vic to see that reward for Dunky.”

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