West Brom starlet Isaiah Brown today revealed his double dream as he targeted European and World Cup glory.
The 16-year-old has burst onto the Baggies scene after being included in Steve Clarke’s Premier League squad and is now after England honours.
He is in the under-17 squad for their European Championships qualifiers against Portugal, Russia and Slovenia next week.
The play for a place in May’s finals in Slovakia with only one available and qualification also handing the team a chance to seal a spot in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year.
And midfielder Brown is targeting capping a breakthrough season with international success.
He said: “Playing for your country is always an honour and for the team to progress to a European Championships and a World Cup in one year would be a dream come true.
“It’s always fantastic representing your country at any age group and it’s brilliant for me to get the opportunity to play for the age group above.
“It’s really important that the qualifying rounds are in England, home support can help the side a lot in terms of player performance.
“Hopefully, we can get some good crowds at the games and give us an extra advantage.
“It will give me a great chance to test myself at a higher age group, it will be more physical but I’m confident I can cope with it after playing for West Brom’s Under 21s team every week.
“Hopefully, I can take my club form into the international set up and put in some good performances.”
Sandwell Academy pupil Brown is one of the under-age players in the squad, which also includes Wolves defender Ben O’Hanlon and Villa midfielder Dan Crowley.
The England youngsters host Portugal at the Banks’s Stadium next Saturday before a double header at Burton Albion against Russia two days later and Slovenia on March 28.
It continues his remarkable rise after being on the bench for Albion’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea earlier this month.
Had he come on, Brown would have been the youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 54 days but he insisted the experience will not change him as he studies for his GCSEs.
He said: “The manager said to me I had to do my homework on the team bus, I’m currently doing my GCSEs so my education is also important to me. The lads gave me a bit of banter but they have been great with me.
“It’s was an amazing experience to be on the bench against Chelsea. Every boy growing up dreams of playing at the best stadiums in England as a professional footballer and I’m no different.
“I was nervous at first, warming up on Stamford Bridge was like being in a dream. I have Steve Clarke to thank for giving me that opportunity.”
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