Albion chairman Tony Bloom says Lewis Dunk's England call-up shows it's possible to come through the ranks at the club and reach the very top.
Dunk came through the youth team at the Seagulls before making his Brighton debut in 2010 and has since gone on to play 239 matches for the club. He starred in Albion's promotion-winning campaign in 2016/17 and then enjoyed a stand-out season in the Premier League last year.
He was called up into the England squad this evening to replace James Tarkowski and Bloom said: “This is an extremely proud moment for Lewis and his family, and on behalf of everyone at the Albion I would like to congratulate him on the call up.
“It is also a very proud moment for the club. Lewis has been with us since he was a schoolboy and we’ve seen his development at close hand - there are many people who have helped Lewis along the way who will be thrilled for him.
“I’m just about old enough to remember the last time an Albion player was called up to the senior squad, when Steve Foster went to the World Cup. It’s been a long time coming, but Lewis has shown that it’s possible to come through at Brighton and reach the very top.”
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