Friday 16 November 2018

Norwich star Lewis pinching himself after North call-up

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis is not expected to play on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis is not expected to play on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Graham Luney

Jamal Lewis says it was an easy decision to choose Northern Ireland ahead of England and he's ready to make a big impact in Saturday's friendly with South Korea.

The Norwich City full-back is primed to make his Windsor Park bow in a friendly fixture that sees Michael O'Neill's side return to action for the first time since their heartbreaking World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in November.

Lewis has featured for the Northern Ireland U-19 and U-21 sides and the Luton native says there was never any danger of him pledging his loyalty to England.

"Obviously half my family's from here so it was a bit of a no-brainer for me when Michael asked me to join the senior squad," said Lewis, who scored in the FA Cup third-round replay defeat by Chelsea in January.

Delighted

"I was just delighted. Everything's moving so quickly, I'm just trying to take it all in my stride. It was a really proud moment for me. My mum Catrina, who is from Belfast, was ecstatic, she was going crazy!

"Obviously there were decisions to be made regarding Northern Ireland or England but I've made it so it's in the past now. I just want to enjoy it with the Northern Ireland squad and move forward.

"I'm just trying to take everything in my stride, club football's going well and to get called up for your national team as well, it's a great honour.

"I'm just taking it game by game really, just really enjoying it. These are the kind of moments you dream about when you're younger. Now it's come you kind of pinch yourself sometimes but you just get on with it, just enjoy your football."

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis is not expected to play on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Irish Independent

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