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Harvey hopes to draw on international experience

17 October 2018

HARVEY Barnes says experience of international football can further his contribution to Albion's domestic campaign.

Reporting back to Palm Training Ground on Wednesday fit and well following his maiden appearance for England U21s, the young midfielder was feeling the benefits of his time with the Young Lions.

"I was delighted to get the call up," Harvey smiled.

"I felt like I was hitting a good bit of form with my club so I wanted to take that into the under-21 fixtures.

"The first few days was about settling in, meeting everybody and getting comfortable. We did some training then we had the first game.

"I didn't play against Andorra but I knew I was playing against Scotland so I was excited as we prepared for that one.

"I think international football is played at a slower tempo than club football. It's about building play and finding the right time to execute things. It can definitely help a player develop their game."

Speaking of development, our young midfielder says he had to adapt to a somewhat unfamiliar position against Scotland.

He lined up as an out-and-out winger for Aidy Boothroyd's side.

"I played a bit out of position, on the wing," Harvey acknowledged.

"I started on the left then switched to the right.

"I enjoyed it but it took a bit of adjusting after playing through the middle for West Brom.

"Darren [Moore] has asked me to play as a 'number 10' and I feel most comfortable there."

And there was special praise reserved for the gaffer with the Sky Bet Championship campaign set to resume at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Harvey added: "Darren's put me in the team and I've stared every game so far. I knew that was important for me this year in terms of my career progression.

"I didn't expect to play as much as I have. But I believed in myself that when I got my chance I'd take it and hopefully stay in the side."


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