West Ham Academy forward Callum Marshall made his senior home bow for the senior Northern Ireland team this weekend.
Northern Ireland overcame San Marino 3-0 at Windsor Park, with the young Hammers star making an appearance in the 60th minute – and was unlucky not to grab a goal himself.
“I probably should have scored with a header and it would have been within five minutes of coming on!” Marshall told the clubs Official Website.
But it was still a very special day for the talented forward, who continues to make all the right headlines at West Ham, indicating a very bright future in east London and for his home nation.
“Two years ago, I was playing for Linfield, so it has been mad,” said Marshall. “I went to West Ham and have worked my way up there. I got my call-up to Northern Ireland’s first team so all that work is paying off right now.”
The experience of playing for his nation is not only valuable in his development, but also fully deserved for Marshall, who has impressed greatly since his arrival to our famed Academy of Football.
“I haven’t experienced something on that level before,” he added “It’s all very new to me.
“I felt nervous, but it was a nice atmosphere to come on to. I had a few nice touches and hopefully showed a bit of what I can do.”