Summer signing: Joining Aston Villa has helped my international career
By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa summer signing Josh Onomah has admitted that completing a move to the club has improved his performances on the international stage.
The 20-year-old produced one of the goals of the season for the England Under-21 team as they beat Scotland 3-1 at the Riverside Stadium on Friday evening.
In only his second appearance for his country at Under-21 level, the midfielder opened the scoring on the night with a sensational long-range strike which helped England maintain their unbeaten run in their European Championship qualifying group.
Onomah was part of the Under-20 squad which went on to lift the World Cup in South Korea this summer.
Speaking with the Evening Standard, the youngster revealed that it was his decision to move to Villa Park which has aided his display for his country.
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“Going to Villa is making a huge impact on my performance when I’m with my country,” he said.
“There are a huge lot of players who are playing well for their clubs and country. I won the Euros at Under-17s level and the World Cup at Under-20s.
“With that experience I feel we can push on for the Under-21s in two years.”
Onomah secured a season-long loan to Villa Park from Premier League side Tottenham during the summer transfer window.
The youngster scored his first goal for the Steve Bruce’s side in Villa’s 1-1 draw against Bristol City.
The midfielder also found himself on the scoresheet as the West Midlands club secured an emphatic 4-0 victory away to Burton Albion at the end of August.
Onomah is likely to be involved in England’s upcoming group match against Andorra on Thursday evening.
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