'Keeper thrilled at call up to under-20 squad for the first team.
Blues goalkeeper Ted Smith is looking forward to representing his country at under-20 level – if selected – for their upcoming games, both against the Czech Republic.
The goalkeeper was named in the squad yesterday, and we spoke to the youngster, who couldn't hide his delight at the call up.
“I played a couple of games for the under-19s and was left out of their last squad, so I'm really pleased to make that progression to the under-20s now,” Ted said.
“I don't know Keith Downing. Aidy Boothroyd was involved last year so it will be nice to work under a new manager and learn from Keith.
“I know quite a few of the lads in the team from under-18s so it will be nice to meet up with some new faces. The under-20s is a step up for me, and the next step after is the 21s, but I'll have to make sure I impress when called upon.
“There's two games, so hopefully I'll be involved as much as possible in both games against the Czech Republic.
“It'll be a good challenge and I'm really keen to play in the one at Shrewsbury's ground as it will feel more real and there'll hopefully be a few watching.”
The Czech's are renowned for bringing through talent, and Ted – a graduate of the Blues youth system - admits there's a chance he'll be up against players who are likely to go on to represent their country at full level.
“Of course, you look back and see what sort of players they've brought through over the years, good players such as Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky, so it'll be a good challenge against some players who will probably do well for the national side in the future.
“I'm looking forward to it. They're capable of causing some damage.”