Grimsby Town's Aswad Thomas eager to repeat his proud England experience
AFTER sampling his first taste of international football, Grimsby Town defender Aswad Thomas is hungry for more.
The 23-year-old played the full 90 minutes of England C's 2-1 victory over Belgium under-23's last week as the former Braintree man made his debut for Paul Fairclough's side.
And after returning from his Euro trip, Thomas was back in training with his Mariners team-mates the next day.
He was then thrown straight back into the thick of the Blue Square Bet Premier action, playing the full 90 minutes in Town's goal-less draw with Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, he said his time with the Three Lions was an enjoyable experience and one that he is aiming to repeat by continuing to play well for the Mariners.
He said: "It was a great experience for me and I really enjoyed it.
"Training with a different group of players and under different team of coaches was really interesting.
"As a player, it's always good to sample different tactics and ways of playing; it's all beneficial for my development.
"During the trip, we got chance to visit the national stadium and have a look around.
"It was the day before Belgium had a game so all of the players' boots were in the dressing room.
"We were having a look at them and I managed to get my hands on Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany's, and managed to get a picture – it was a really good laugh.
"The game itself went well and I feel I did alright.
"International football is obviously a lot different from the Conference and it was more a case of playing simple, keeping possession and building attacks slowly, so I didn't get forward as much as usual.
"It was just a case of looking after my winger and I feel I did that fairly well.
He added: "Stepping out in an England shirt was a proud moment for me and my friends and family.
"I've had a lot of messages and tweets from fans congratulating me which meant a lot.
"It's nice to know that I can always look back and say that I represented England now.
"To do that, at any level, is a big achievement and one that I'm proud of.
"Hopefully I can continue to put in good performances for Grimsby and earn more caps – that's my aim now
"My main focus is playing well week-in week-out so that I can keep getting noticed.
"It would be great to be picked for the next match and get chance to have that experience again."