Canaries keeper Gunn enjoyed his England senior call but will not be getting carried away
Whether it’s Brazil or Barnsley he’s facing, Norwich City number one Angus Gunn is not getting too carried away with his future prospects.
The 21-year-old was promoted to the England senior squad last week and, after being named on the bench for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Brazil at Wembley, is enjoying his rise in profile.
However, Gunn is not putting too much stock in his first call-up to the national squad.
“It came sooner than I expected,” he admitted. “I thought hopefully it could happen sooner than later but realistically there are loads of top keepers in England, so it’s going to be difficult to get near there soon.
“But in the near future I’m going to be hoping to push into that squad.”
Injury to Stoke keeper Jack Butland saw the youngster promoted from the England U21 squad and that is where his focus will remain. The Manchester City loanee has become first choice for the Young Lions this season following Jordan Pickford’s graduation to the senior squad.
Aidy Boothroyd’s squad sit top of their qualifying group after a 2-0 win in Ukraine – in which City starlet James Maddison made his debut – and Gunn’s focus remains on reaching the 2019 European U21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.
“We’ve got the Under-21 Championships in a couple of years so we just want to focus on building on that in qualifying, which we’re in a great position for,” he continued.
“I think just playing regularly for your team is the only thing you can do and if you’re playing well you’ll get your chance.”
Pickford, Butland and Joe Hart look likely to be England’s keeper options for next summer’s World Cup and with Burnley’s Tom Heaton and Southampton’s Fraser Forster also in the mix, Norwich-born Gunn realises his chances of going to Russia are slim.
“I’ve made the squad last time but there are plenty of goalkeepers who are playing in the Premier League that are top quality and have got more experience than myself,” he added.
“So I think it’s just a case of concentrating on my football here and with the under-21s. If something happens then something happens but I’m not really thinking about it too much to be honest.”
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