Spurs prospect pleased with international recognition

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard is looking to play his part for the England U21's in their qualification game against Croatia.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard says that he is pleased to have been given international recognition for his fine form whilst on loan at Brentford.

The fleet-footed winger has been one of the Bees main attacking threats so far this season, since joining on loan over the summer, and he was called up to the England under-21 squad for their crucial qualifier against Croatia this week.

The U21 take on Croatia in a play-off for next summer's youth-level European Championships and Pritchard is determined to help the Three Lions get through.

“It is good for me personally to be selected,” Pritchard told the Richmond and Twickenham Times.

“We have got to concentrate because it is a must win game."

“We have got home and away games, and Croatia are a good team.”

"But with the squad we have, we have got to go there and do what we can do."

“We can go and win home and away. We have got to go there with confidence and be a good unit.”

England are regularly criticised for their use of the youth-levels, but Gareth Southgate, who manages the side, has been able to play a strong squad this time around.

Not enough precedence has been put on the U21 side in recent times, with many key players opting not to play or simply being thrust straight into the senior side, but it seems this attitude is changing now.

As a result, England should be confident of qualification, even if they know that Croatia will not be a pushover.

Pritchard should prove to be a useful outlet in the game, too. The Spurs youngster is naturally talented with the ball at his feet and can round opponents with ease, meaning he is a threat to defences.

There are still high hopes for his future at White Hart Lane, with many tipping him to be able to break into the first-team, but he will be aiming to impress in the Championship first.

Brentford have made an encouraging start to the season and Pritchard will be hoping that they continue to build on their momentum when he returns to club action after the international break. 

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