'The proudest moment of my career' - Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk on his England call-up

Lewis Dunk in action for Albion at Watford this season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Lewis Dunk in action for Albion at Watford this season. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton defender Lewis Dunk says his call-up to the England squad is the proudest moment of his career.

The Seagulls defender was called up by Gareth Southgate as a replacement for Burnley's James Tarkowski, who withdrew with an injury.

The Three Lions travel to Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Friday and then play away to Spain on Monday.

It is the first time the 26-year-old has been in a senior England squad and talking to the Daily Star, Dunk said: "It was the proudest moment of my career to come to a place like St George’s Park and finally get recognition.

"I woke up on Sunday morning to a missed call from our manager Chris Hughton and was thinking “what’s he calling for?” and a voicemail to call him back.

"As soon as I saw it, I called and he gave me the good news. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened.

"I may have to play slightly differently. Obviously England like to pass it out, we do it a little bit but not as much.

"But I feel I am comfortable on the ball and hopefully I can show that in training.

"There are four or five new faces. I feel a bit old when there are 18 and 19-year-olds but it’s credit to them for doing what they are doing. “

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