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Everton defender Godfrey determined to break into England squad

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Everton defender Ben Godfrey is determined to break into the England squad.

Godfrey was called up to Gareth Southgate's provisional Euro 2020 squad in the summer and the York-born defender featured in the pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Romania.

Yet he didn't make the final cut when Southgate trimmed down the squad.

“It gave me a taste of what it is like to be involved in it," he told the Daily Star.

“It is obviously great and a really proud moment for me and my family for me to be called up and something I will never forget.

“But when you have aimed to play for your country all your life and you do it then it can go a couple of ways.

“If anything getting cut from the squad just made me hungrier to improve as a player and showed me the levels I want to achieve, what I need to do and in no way shape or form has that made me think, 'That's it, it's done'.

“It has driven me to practice even more and learn from it.

“My aim from now on is to be called up to the squad and to remain in there for major competitions. People who know me will understand that as well. It has only made me hungrier.

“That's the mindset you have to have when you want to achieve great things.

“Going back to my family, they're in that same mindset.

“If I was to ever let my feet come off the ground or take a few percent off my training or anything like that they would be the first ones to remind me of where I want to go on this journey."

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