Adam Hammill on his under-21 bow

Wolves winger Adam Hammill has reflected on his England under-21s debut by admitting he thought the call was a mate winding him up.

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Wolves winger Adam Hammill has reflected on his England under-21s debut by admitting he thought the call was a mate winding him up.

The 23-year-old made his bow with Stuart Pearce’s side last night against Iceland at Preston’s Deepdale as a 74th minute substitute for Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso.

But, although he was unable to prevent England slipping to a 2-1 defeat, Hammill is hoping to have done enough to secure a place in the European Under-21 Championship squad this summer in Denmark.

He said: “It was brilliant to get my first cap and hopefully I’ll be able to get some more. I only trained with the squad once and got on for 20 minutes but hopefully I’ve made an impression and might be able to sneak on the plane for the summer.

“I was just chilling watching the England game on Saturday and got the text saying I’d been called up. At first I thought it was a wind-up from one of my mates!

“When I found out it was for real I was delighted and I think it shows how far I’ve come in the last year.”

Hammill, who is also qualified to play for the Republic of Ireland through his late grandfather, has now represented England at schoolboy, under-19 and under-21 levels.

He said: “It’s always been an ambition to play for England at whatever level and to be involved with the under-21s is great.

“There is another friendly before the championships and it’s also up to me to perform for Wolves in the Premier League between now and the end of the season.

“Stuart Pearce said I showed good character in the two days I was there and I’ll take great positives from it to carry on into the rest of the season with Wolves.”