Second England C cap is a bonus for Mickey

Mickey Demertrio in action for England C against Czech Republic
Mickey Demertrio in action for England C against Czech Republic

MICKEY Demetriou admitted that his second international cap for the England C football team was an unexpected bonus.

Demetriou, 23, gained his first cap in a friendly in Bermuda in the summer and the Kidderminster Harriers left-back was not sure if he would be called up to last week’s 2-2 friendly draw with Czech Republic under-21s having been out injured.

However, he got the call-up to the squad and also started the friendly at Woking against a Czech side that included defender Tomas Kalas, who has played in the Chelsea first-team this season.

Demetriou, who is from Worthing, is now looking to keep his place in the squad for the International Challenge Trophy when England’s games take place next year.

He said: “I was really pleased to get the call-up as I didn’t think I’d get one as I’d been out injured for four-and-a-half weeks with a broken wrist just before the squad was announced.

“To then start the match as well was even better. In Bermuda, Paul Fairclough (manager) told everyone that they would get at least a half each. But this time, the first thing he said was that the side he’s putting out is with the International Challenge Trophy in mind, so I was really pleased to start.

“I’ll be framing my number three shirt and putting it next to my Bermuda one on my wall now.”

Demetriou played 70 minutes of the match and he said: “It went really well. We went 2-0 down but got two late goals to draw and, if it had gone on a bit longer, I think we’d have probably won it.

“They had some quality players who play across Europe, so it was a good experience to play against players like that.

“It was also nice that my girlfriend, a lot of my family and a few of my friends were able to come to watch the game and it was good to see all of them after the game.”