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Holidays on hold for Hearts winger Driver

An unexpected call-up to the England U21 squad will leave Hearts winger Andrew Driver out of pocket for two cancelled holidays. However, he is not concerned about losing "a fortune" on breaks to Barbados and Las Vegas if it means he gets a chance to shine for England in the upcoming European Under-21 Championship.

"It was unexpected," the 21-year-old admitted. "I was ready for my holidays. I was off to Barbados with my girlfriend and I'd booked Las Vegas too so I've lost a fortune. But I'm delighted."

He added: "I thought my chance had gone. I made the final 40 but then I had a wee injury and I thought that was it.

"This is my chance to improve, play with quality players. It's a chance to put my name out in the open in a bigger tournament.

"No disrespect to the Scottish League, which has been great for me, but probably a lot of people have looked at the squad and not known who I am."

In the last year Hearts have rejected bids from Burnley and Coventry for him.

"At the moment, I'm very happy in Edinburgh," he said. "It would have to be a very good move because I'm in my comfort zone at the moment. But it's harder to get noticed up there. The European Championship is a massive stage and the whole world will be watching. It's a chance for everyone to achieve something.

"I want to show myself as good as I can be and get my first cap for the under-21s. I'm learning so much off the players here and that will help me get a move south. The professionalism has been brilliant in the squad and (manager) Stuart Pearce has been brilliant. The players are all really sound, normal guys and everyone has been very welcoming."

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