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Southampton defender Lewis Payne: EFL Cup debut a dream come true

Southampton defender Lewis Payne was full of pride hearing fans chant his name this week.

The 18-year-old defender, who joined Saints as a schoolboy at under-11 level, was given a start by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl on his first appearance for the senior side.

Payne played 75 minutes of the 3-0 win over League OneCambridge United in the EFL Cup second round, forced off only at the end by a severe bout of cramp.

As the youngster made his way around the side of the pitch, the travelling supporters made clear what they thought of his first efforts, chanting: “Lewis Payne, he's one of our own."

He told the club's website: “I got a message two days before and I was excited enough to even be travelling.

“Then the day before I found out I was starting. Of course there were nerves, obviously you're going to be nervous as it was a first start for the first-team and it's a big moment. But there was more excitement than nerves."

He added: “It was a dream, something you dream of as a kid hearing the fans chant you're one of their own. I came off with cramp and that was disappointing, but that made it all worth it."

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