Oliver Skipp opens up on his chances of making England senior team

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Oliver Skipp
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Oliver Skipp has claimed that there is always a clear pathway from the England U21 side up to the senior team where the likes of Harry Kane currently reside.

Skipp was called up to the most recent U21 side for the three lions during this international break, alongside his fellow academy graduate, Japhet Tanganga.

The on-loan Tottenham man added that, if he keeps putting in consistent and quality performances, then there is always the chance of a senior call up.

However, he was keen to highlight that this was not an aim for this season, as he is looking to finish the campaign strongly with Norwich City while also performing for the U21s in the European Championships.

He said (Football London): “There’s a clear pathway from the 21s into the first team. I feel like if I continue to put in the performances then there is always the possibility.

“But I need to finish this season strongly and then look forward after this tournament is finished. It’s not a topic for this season at this moment but hopefully, in a few months time we can be talking about it.”

So far this season, Skipp has played every single game in the Championship for Norwich City, playing 90 minutes in 32 out of 38 games (TransferMarkt).

Skipp will be hoping to get a trophy under his belt come the end of the season with Norwich pushing for the Championship title and England competing in the European Championships.

Skipp also talked about the pressure of playing for England at any level when asked about the team not reaching the knockouts in the previous tournament.

He said: “I think there’s pressure because when you’re representing England at any level, there’s an element of pressure.

“But I feel like us as a group will be able to cope with that and make sure that we do the basics right and let our football and quality take care of the rest.

“I can’t say there’s not pressure because you’re representing your country. But I think it’s one that we’re all looking forward to and hoping we can represent our country to the best of our abilities.

“Absolutely, this squad has a lot of talent in it. You look at the forward areas, everywhere really. There’s a lot of talent in this group but we can’t become complacent.

“Some of them are playing in some of the biggest clubs in England but we need to make sure we’re at it come the first game and doing everything right to avoid that complacency.

“This group has shown in the qualifying that there’s team spirit amongst us and I think that will really help us in these group games. I think the talent is there for everyone to see but we need to make sure we harness that in the right way that we can in these games.”

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