His route involves international experience, and a World Cup winner's medal with England, which helped him make the step up to the Premier League.
FIRST FOOTBALL MEMORIES
Stafford Juniors | 2008-10
I was at a local team in Stafford called Stafford Juniors. I was there for about two years and got pushed up in age groups. When I was eight I got scouted for Wolves in the higher age group, but they didn’t know I was playing above my age. When I got pushed down it was fine.
CATCHING THE WOLVES EYE
Stafford Juniors | 2010
It was at a tournament in Penkridge. The scouts weren’t actually watching my game, it was because my mum and dad were shouting so much at me in our game that one Wolves scout came over to have a look. I think he only watched the last ten minutes of the game, but he scouted me from there. I take my hat off to my mum and dad for shouting so loud and creating the tension.
Wolves | 2010-Present
It’s been a massive experience. Each year was a bigger step for me and since I turned 16 everything has gone so quickly. I haven’t really had time to sit down and think about everything that’s happened. I’m happy with how I’m progressing and continuing to improve myself every day. I got my first assist for Wolves against Chelsea which I was happy about, but I want more and there’s more to come.
THE ENGLAND BOW
England | 2016-Present
It’s always an honour to put on the badge of your country and hopefully I’ve got many more opportunities to come. When you get a call up you get a message in the group chat on WhatsApp or you get an email, so whenever you receive a message it’s always an honour to be asked to play for your country. When you put the shirt on it’s a real responsibility.
England | 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup
It’s one of my best experiences in football so far. Even just going out to India, it was a crazy experience football-wise, there was 80,000 fans in one stadium. They weren’t supporting anyone, they were just there for the experience. They were supporting anyone who scored, we’d score and they’d celebrate, then Spain would score and they’d celebrate again. It was a good experience and I was glad to get the job done, it was my first trophy and hopefully there’s more to come with England and Wolves.