Rob Holding - It was a proud moment for me

Defender talks to after being handed his England Under-21s debut against Guinea on Monday night

Rob Holding was beaming with pride after being handed his England Under-21s debut on Monday night.

A late addition to Gareth Southgate's young Lions squad for the Toulon Tournament having initially been on standby, the defender completed the full 80 minutes as England clinched an emphatic 7-1 victory over Guinea to move top of Group B after two matches played.

Next in action against second-placed Paraguay on Wednesday, Holding is now targeting a potential final berth with two group games left to play.

“It was a proud moment to put the shirt on and play for your country,” the 20-year-old shared in an exclusive chat with when reflecting on his maiden international appearance. 

“Although we conceded the early goal, we knew we could go on and score goals, which is what we did and it has put us in a good position. 

“The tournament so far has been a brilliant experience and I have loved every minute of it, training and playing with the lads here.

“We have some quality players and the aim is to go on and win the tournament. We are more than capable of it and now need to keep the momentum going into our last two group games.”

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