Watch: Eddie Howe’s ‘a big deal’ in England’s Under-20 World Cup bid
The Under-19s were beaten 3-0 by Serbia at Wembley last night and will play England in their first game of the tournament at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.
Read moreEddie Howe is on the verge of becoming England’s first ever player to make his international debut in a World Cup.
The 20-year-old centre-back is the son of former England captain Ian Howe and the youngest of three boys to play for England.
But the move to the Premier League could be seen as a huge step forward for the England captain.
He scored his first international goal in a friendly against Slovenia in December and is currently on international duty with the Under-21s, who have qualified for the World Cup by finishing in the top four of their group.
But Howe is also enjoying the competition and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I’ve just been training really hard and hopefully I can get on the pitch with the rest of the team, which is a big deal for me,” he said.
“The last few months have been a bit of a struggle.
I’ve played a couple of games in the Europa League and I haven’t played in the Premier Leagues, so that’s been tough.”
Hopefully, I’ll get on in the game and help the team out and be a big help.
“For the past two months, I’ve been focusing on getting fit and getting fit, but it’s been great to get my head around this whole process.”
There’s been a lot of positives for me, especially playing with England, so it’s really nice to be here.
“It’s a big step forward to get here and hopefully we can make it out on Tuesday.”
The Under-18s also qualified for last night’s game after finishing the Europa Ligue 1 last weekend and will be looking to improve on their 2-0 defeat to France on Wednesday.
A win would secure them the play-off places and leave them in third place behind the two top-flight sides.
“That was a great effort from the Under 19s to come back and put a lot in, which was good,” Howe said.
“I was a little bit surprised to see it was so early in the season, but hopefully it goes down to the wire.”