Leeds United midfielder Alfie McCalmont has been discussing his time with the Northern Ireland senior team over the international break.
The talented teenager was moved up to the senior team from Northern Ireland’s under-21s for the recent friendly with Luxembourg. The 19-year-old ended up coming in for George Saville after 60 minutes and making his debut for his nation.
Speaking to the Leeds United website, the player shared his pride at receiving his first cap for his nation. He also mentioned how it helped to have a familiar face in the international set-up.
“Definitely, he’s really helped me over the last few days, and building up to last night. I’ve obviously been training alongside him, and speaking to him quite a lot, and he just told me before the game to enjoy the moment, and focus on my own strengths.”
McCalmont has clearly done a lot to impress Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa this season and this latest accolade is a reward for his progress at Elland Road.
Hopefully, he can continue in Michael O’Neill’s senior set-up and the presence of Stuart Dallas will undoubtedly be a big help for the teenager.
Dallas has 40 caps for his nation and made his international debut at just 20, so he knows the situation that McCalmont currently finds himself in.
If he can help guide McCalmont into international duty, this will hopefully be the start of a long career with his country for Leeds’ latest talent.