Ravel Morrison reflects on his first international trip with England Under-21s
Ravel Morrison reflected on a ‘great ten days’ with England Under-21s, after inspiring the Three Lions to a 5-0 win on Tuesday.
The West Ham United midfielder starred in Ipswich, where he scored two goals against Lithuania to help fire England to the top of their Euro qualifying group.
And after collecting the man-of-the-match award, Morrison admits he’s been happy with his contribution over the last two games.
He told West Ham TV: “I’m very happy with the performance.
“I thought the team performance was good and I thought my performance was good too.
“No matter what game I go into, I always get nervous but that’s sometimes a good thing.”
Morrison’s first goal arrived in just the second minute as he touched home a cross from Wilf Zaha.
But it was his second goal after the break that had the Portman Road crowd on their feet as he broke from the half-way line and beat three defenders before slotting home from close range.
It wasn’t too dissimilar to his recent strike for West Ham against Spurs and is another to add to Morrison’s growing collection of clips.
“I was buzzing, but I can’t really remember it,” he added.
“I just thought I’d drive at them because I drove at them before but should have got my shot off.
“And then I just intercepted it and thought I’d try to break through the lines and that’s what I did.”
This was Morrison’s first game in an England shirt since 2010, when he featured for the U18s in a victory over Poland in Wycombe.
And the former Manchester United playmaker, who has also featured for England at U16 and U17 level, enjoyed his return to the international scene.
“I’ve found it great,” he said. “I’ve come in and the lads have treated me well and I’ve got on with everybody.
“It’s a lot different when you’re older, everything has been more calm.”
It’s now back to Upton Park for the 20-year-old and the prospect of a game against his hometown club Manchester City to focus on at the weekend.
“I’m very excited,” he admits.
“Because I used to play for United, I’ve never played against their first team before so I’m very excited.”
Watch the full interview with Ravel on West Ham TV by clicking here.