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McNeil Looks To Cap Big Week

Clarets teenager hopes to keep club form going after England breakthrough

18 October 2019

England new boy Dwight McNeil hopes to hit the goal trail again against Leicester – with a different outcome.

McNeil scored the second goal of his fledgling Premier League career when he equalised against the Foxes at Turf Moor in March.

A late Wes Morgan strike denied the Clarets any reward but when McNeil struck again against the Wolves in the following fixture, Sean Dyche’s men kicked off a three-game winning run which propelled them to Premier League safety.

“I think that was one of the best times I went through in the season at that point,” said the Clarets’ winger whose rise through the ranks has taken him to England Under-21 recognition.

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“It was an important time, not just for me, but for the whole squad as well, although hopefully on Saturday the result can be a bit different.”

While the Clarets had to battle to recover from last season’s slow start, this time around they have bounced out the blocks.

A 2-0 win over Everton last time out took the Clarets’ points’ tally to 12 – the same total they had reached when McNeil was parachuted into the starting line-up at the end of December.

And McNeil is now looking forward to the challenge of facing top-six opposition in Leicester and Chelsea over the next two weekends – starting against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

“For a couple of hours we went fourth in the league, which shows how good a start we’ve had. Hopefully we can kick on from here,” he added.

“I don’t think we’ll get any free games any more because of that position we’re in.

“But hopefully we can keep doing what we have been as a team and take it into the next two games.”

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McNeil hasn’t looked back since coming into the Clarets’ line-up and now has two England Under-21 caps to his name.

The 19-year-old looked the part as he helped Aidy Boothroyd’s side thrash Austria 5-1 in a Euro qualifier at MK Dons on Tuesday night, creating the third goal for on-loan Leeds United Eddie Nketiah with a peach of cross.

And he wants to keep the feel-good factor going after making a welcome return to the Clarets’ fold for training on Thursday.

“It’s been a really exciting time being there,” McNeil – who again spent part of his time at St George’s Park training with England’s senior squad – told Clarets Player HD.

“It adds a bit more to my experience and talking to the other lads it’s good to learn new things.

“It was good to get a couple of caps and hopefully there are more to come in the future.

“It’s all about me taking in the experiences, but not thinking too much about it, and focus on my football and getting on with that.

“Coming back, it’s so fast to go again in a couple of days. But I’m really excited and happy to be back with the lads and hopefully we can get the points we want on Saturday.”


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