England date an honour for Stephens

By SFC Media Wed 09 Nov International

Jack Stephens says it will be a particular honour to represent his country at St Mary's tomorrow night.

The Southampton defender is part of the England Under-21s squad that will be going up against their Italian counterparts on the south coast, and the prospect of featuring for the Young Lions on home soil is one that Stephens is relishing.

"It should be a good experience, obviously playing at St Mary's," he said. "Being involved with my country is always an honour, and to do it at Southampton will be a good occasion."

Stephens is one of three Saints players who could be involved, with James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond also part of the group.

"When we saw the fixture, we wanted to be in the squad and be involved, because it's a home game for us essentially, so it's quite exciting and one that I'm looking forward to," said Stephens."

The centre-half, who was part of the squad that won the Toulon Tournament last summer, is also optimistic of putting on a show for the fans who come to watch.

"We've had some great results in qualifying, and obviously we had the win in Toulon in the summer as well, so it's definitely one to come down and watch, and it's even better for Saints fans, because there's going to be three of their own players involved in the squad," added Stephens.


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