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Moses Odubajo 'delighted' to receive first England call-up

21 March 2015

Brentford right back reflects after getting Under-20 call

Moses Odubajo said he could not put in to words how happy he was to receive his first international call-up.

The Brentford right back was named in an England Under-20 group for two matches later this month when the squad was announced on Thursday, March 19.

He will be part of a squad, which also includes Brentford’s on-loan striker Chris Long, to face Mexico and USA.

Moses said when Brentford Manager Mark Warburton told him about the call-up he was delighted.

He said he had been speaking about playing for Nigeria but believes he has made the right decision.

“Words can’t describe how happy I was when I heard about the call-up and there was a chance to represent my country,” said Moses, speaking to Bees Player.

“The gaffer told me and I was delighted.

“I told him I would think about it but I think I made the right decision.

“I am looking forward to it.

“I was in talks about play for Nigeria at Under-23 level.

“I have chosen England.

“I didn’t have a clue I was being watched.

“I am here to play football.

“It has caught the eye, which is good and it has paid off.”

Moses started the season as a right sided attacker, where he played the majority of games for his previous club Leyton Orient.

But injury to Alan McCormack saw him pushed in to service at right back and he has kept his spot.

Moses has played 39 games for The Bees since joining from Orient in the summer and making the step up to the Sky Bet Championship.

“The switch to defence has been tough on and off the field,” he said.

“I sometimes find the positioning difficult, I am often not where a normal right back would be.

“But, with the way we play we have proven we can win games playing the way we do.

“I have to thank the manager, who has believed in me in that position,

“I am learning each game.

“In modern football the right back attacking is the way it is.

“You still have to defend and do the dirty side but I think you’ll see more attacking defenders.

“I am learning each game, sometimes I get caught out.

“As a team it is our first year in the Championships, mistakes get punished.”

Brentford sit sixth in the Championship table with eight matches to go.

They won their last game, away to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Bees trailed 2-1 at half time but goals from Jota and Andre Gray gave them the win.

It keeps them only seven points behind the joint-leaders Watford and Middlesbrough.

“We were delighted with the win,” said Moses.

“To come in at half time 2-1 down against a tough team and a good footballing side and then win shows the courage, commitment and spirit we have.

“The team spirit is high and we pulled it back and got the winner.

“It is a joy to play in this team but we have to dig in as well.

“We have to credit the manager and coaching staff, who push us to play like that even if things aren’t going our way.”

Brentford will look to close that gap this afternoon – Saturday March 21 – when Millwall come to Griffin Park.

The rest of the top nine in the Championship are playing each other but Moses said The Bees were only concerned with themselves.

“It will be a big game,” said Moses.

“The atmosphere will be good and we have to show what we can do.

“It is good to rise the big occasion.

“Our main focus is to win as many games as we can and not worry about others.

“These are exciting times, we have just come in to the league.

“We are still under the radar and we hope the wins will keep following.”

A full video interview with Moses Odubajo is available here for Bees Player subscribers.

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