Callum Styles, one of the architects of England’s 1-0 defeat to Hungary was born in Bury and is now on the radar of newly-promoted trio Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth
Callum Styles is hoping his role in England’s defeat to Hungary caught the eye of Premier League clubs.
Bury-born Styles, 22, who grew up in nearby Middleton, switched allegiances to Hungary and came on as a substitute in their famous win over England. The Hungarian international with an unlikely name is eligible through his grandparents and is currently at Barnsley but they fear losing him this summer.
Newly-promoted Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest are all looking and his experience against England will not have done his chances any harm.
Styles said: “I have to sometimes take a step back and take it all in because I never thought I would be playing against England.
“And to come on and for us to win the game is just different, like. I am struggling to grasp but I am enjoying the experience. I have cheered England on in the past – I’ve been to quite a few games – so to be on the same pitch playing against them – and winning. That’s amazing.
“The players want the best for me and my family and that – they will have a bit of a joke about me being English tonight, but I am so proud to be part of the team and winning against England is such an incredible achievement. I just never thought it would happen it’s crazy.
“These experiences can only help, you wouldn’t get at club level and the calibre of player you play against is the most elite in the world. Our team has really, really good players also and the standard is very good, so that is obviously going to help push my dream of becoming a Premier League player.
“Me and the club have spoke and we think it is the best time to move on. I just need to sit down with my agent and see what is on the table. Fingers crossed somebody will come in with an offer because I want to play at the top and the club have said that’s how they see it as well, so hopefully it will be an easy process.”
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Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate has warned England might suffer more painful defeats in the build-up to the World Cup. Three Lions boss Southgate says he will have to carry on experimenting in the Nations League fixtures because there are no warm-up friendlies before Qatar.
England have got three more Nations League fixtures in the next ten days and then two more in September but there are a lot of issues to solve before Southgate can think about choosing his first choice XI.
Southgate said: “I knew going into this block of four games that you run the risk of some results that might hurt. But I have got to look at the bigger picture and ignore the inevitable that comes with the defeats and take what I will learn from it going into Qatar. We have not got friendlies to try it so we have to do it in these types of games.
“Of course, the ideal is to develop players, play well and win games. You have to accept if you are to try to do the first part, then there is a risk on some of the other bits and yes, that is a difficult balance. We do not have a 38-game League where you are working with the players all of the time. So if I don’t try some of the players in these sorts of games we either flog the team which has been more consistent and we know all about and they fade at the end of these four games anyway.
“Or we try to balance it by putting some players in with some players with experience around them which hopefully gives them the best chance to succeed. I think more than anything we are trying to find a balance of changes to find out about people because we have only had two matches in the last six months anyway and you know that across the four games we have to balance minutes.
“We have got a lot of players, particularly at the back, who are coming back from injuries with only one League game at the end of the season. And some players we need to know more about and today was a good game, we felt, to have a look at that.”