Fulham defender Liam Donnelly proud of Northern Ireland U21 debut - at 16

Fulham defender Liam Donnelly was delighted to make his Northern Ireland U21 debut in defeat to England.

Fulham defender Liam Donnelly was delighted to make his Northern Ireland U21 debut in defeat to England.

The 16-year-old was a second-half substitute in his country’s 2-0 friendly defeat against England at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road, going up against a host of Barclays Premier League starlets.

“It was a brilliant experience and although I wasn’t on the field for too long, it was a moment I will never forget,” said Liam to fulhamfc.com. “To test myself against some of the England players was brilliant because they had some top players out there.

“England’s captain, Jordan Henderson, was part of the senior team at the 2012 European Championships, so some of them have played at the very top. There were a few other Liverpool players out there too and also Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea players – so I was in good company.

“At 16, I was a little surprised to be called up, but hopefully that shows that I’ve been doing well. It was an honour to be involved and a very proud personal moment.

“I’m really enjoying my time at Fulham, and the team has been doing well which is the main thing. I’ve settled in well since joining and I like to think that I have taken on the Academy’s philosophy.”

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