Aston Villa's Rushian Hepburn-Murphy on impressing for England U17s and Sherwood's philosophy

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The Aston Villa teenager is currently on international duty.

Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has been speaking to the FA’s official website as he prepares to represent England at the FIFA under-17 World Cup.

The young England side’s first match is this Saturday against Guinea in Group B and the Villa striker is eager to impress both his international boss Neil Dewsnip and his club manager Tim Sherwood.

Hepburn-Murphy made his debut for Villa’s first-team last season, coming off the bench in a comfortable victory against Sunderland and breaking the record to become the youngest player ever to appear for the club in the Premier League era.

That is his one and only appearance at that level to date but Hepburn-Murphy is hoping to catch the eye during the upcoming tournament.

“When I get the chance I have to make sure I put it in the back of the net and work as hard as I can to make the manager think that I should be starting,” the 17-year-old said.

And as for his manager at club level, the player told the FA.com, “Tim Sherwood is not shy of putting us younger players into the first-team, no matter how old you are. It was unbelievable when I made my debut last season and I’d love to feature in more games, but it’s all about doing the best you can in both matches and training.”

In Sherwood, Hepburn-Murphy certainly has a boss who is willing to put his faith in youth, but given Villa’s struggles of late the manager’s focus for now will be on ensuring his senior stars start performing consistently.

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