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Hill: I didn't know it was my 50th appearance

19 October 2021


Hill: I didn't know it was my 50th appearance

19 October 2021

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Defender James Hill spoke to the local media after Fleetwood Town were defeated 1-0 by Burton Albion at Highbury on Tuesday night.

On what was the England Under-20 international's 50th appearance for the club, Hill is looking forward to using what he has learned on international duty to implement on games like this evening as he is gaining valuable experience as well as becoming a regular name on Simon Grayson's team sheet.

Here's what he had to say:

On his half-century of appearances...

"I didn't really know that it was my 50th appearance! It's been hard to get here, and it hasn't been straightforward, but it has been a really good journey so far and I just have to keep pushing to keep myself in the first team, so the gaffer picks me for the starting 11 every week, I have to keep going now because It's good to show the other academy boys that it is possible."

"The Cambridge game the other week was memorable because I managed to get my first league goal and games like Blackpool away last season to get into team in the week, but it is a team game, and we need to focus on this season where the boys have done really well, we just need more luck in the final third and defensively."

On international duty...

"Playing League One football really helps me to step into an international level, it's a great achievement for myself to put the England shirt on where I even managed to score which was a really good moment for myself, we're nowhere near the end.

“I only have a handful of England caps where it's a case of playing week in week out and seeing how many more games I can play but despite that when I come back to Fleetwood, I have to put that aside and focus on club football.

"It's a great honour to even wear the shirt let alone wear the armband so I was a bit surprised when I was asked to do so, it's a proud moment for myself and my family when I was captain of England when we won 5-0.

“I just need to keep going and I need to keep telling myself that I don't need to wear the armband to be a leader, I play professional football week in week out and I'm starting men’s' football every week so it really helps me when I go from international to club football because it helps every aspect of my game."

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