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 countryâ€™s 2-0 friendly defeat against England at Blackpoolâ€™s Bloomfield Road, going up against a host of Barclays Premier League starlets.
â€śIt was a brilliant experience and although I wasnâ€™t on the field for too long, it was a moment I will never forget,â€ť said Liam to fulhamfc.com. â€śTo test myself against some of the England players was brilliant because they had some top players out there.
â€śEnglandâ€™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 â€“ so I was in good company.
â€śAt 16, I was a little surprised to be called up, but hopefully that shows that Iâ€™ve been doing well. It was an honour to be involved and a very proud personal moment.
â€śIâ€™m really enjoying my time at Fulham, and the team has been doing well which is the main thing. Iâ€™ve settled in well since joining and I like to think that I have taken on the Academyâ€™s philosophy.â€ť