The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have watched starlet Joe Gomez develop in their first-team and the Englishman is now determined to make his mark at international level.
The 20-year-old received his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Three Lions’ upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil after making an impressive start to the new campaign. Gomez, who joined from Charlton in June 2015, has been used in positions across Liverpool’s back four since moving to Merseyside but has particularly excelled as a right-back this term. And his consistent performances have been rewarded with his inclusion in a youthful England team, which comes in spite of two injury-hit seasons at Anfield that led to him not even featuring in the Premier League last year.
The young defender has remained resilient in the face of adversity and wants to now seize the chance he’s been given by Southgate, Liverpool’s official website reports. “It means a great deal to me. It’s obviously been a dream of mine to represent my country at senior level and it was a surprise, I wasn’t expecting the call-up, but it was great news for me and my family and all those close to me. It’s a dream come true, really”, he told the media at St George’s Park.
“This is my first call-up and it’s a great opportunity to play with the best players from all around the country and I’m looking forward to it. For me personally I just have to be confident with myself, I think. I think it’s a balance of knowing my ability but also trying to learn. I have to look ahead towards the future and I still understand that I’m a young player and I’ve got a lot to learn.
”I’m aware that it’s a big opportunity to try and show that I’m capable of playing at this level and obviously I aim to do that but at the same time I’ve just got to try and enjoy it, try and take the pressure off myself at the same time. But I am aware that it’s a big opportunity for me, especially leading into next year’s World Cup and obviously I have to try and strive to be involved in that. But I think I’ve got to take it as it comes really and just enjoy my football.”
Gomez certainly has time on his hands and should he fail to impress in these two fixtures he still has the potential to perform on the international stage. And if he continues to display a good level of performance for the Reds there will likely be further opportunities in an England shirt. However, he appears confident of making an impact swiftly and will hope to receive as many minutes as possible over the next week.
If Gomez develops into the kind of player he’s shown glimpses of becoming so far, there’s no reason he can’t be a big part of both Liverpool and England’s defences in the years to come. Clearly a big talent, if he can grasp this chance, there are spaces up for grabs for both club and country.