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Dagenham & Redbridge: Fejiri Okenabirhie excited to link up with England C squad again

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2017

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot against Torquay United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Fejiri Okenabirhie of Dagenham & Redbridge celebrates scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot against Torquay United (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Winger one of four Daggers players in 22-man squad for training camp next week

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Fejiri Okenabirhie says he is looking forward to linking up with the England C squad at a training camp next week.

Following Saturday’s trip to Woking in the National League, Okenabirhie will join up with the non-league national team for a get-together in Lilleshall from October 8-10.

The 21-year-old was part of the last England C squad that played twice in May, and the former Stevenage man is looking forward to being part of the team once more.

“It was a good experience to be involved last time and we’ve got a few more boys from the club in there this time,” said Okenabirhie.

“Hopefully we can all make a good impression and do well.”

Okenabirhie is one of four Daggers players named in the 22-man squad, along with Sam Ling, Matt Robinson and Morgan Ferrier.

In the previous England C squad, though, Okenabirhie was the Essex club’s sole representative.

But with plenty more club colleagues set to join him next week, the winger says it is testament to how brightly the Victoria Road side have started the new term.

“It shows that as a team we’re doing well because a lot of our players have been selected,” he added.

“We have to keep working hard, keep showing what we can do and hopefully do really well at the training camp.”

When turning out for the England C squad against the Panjab FA XI in May, Okenabirhie became the first Daggers player since Glen Southam 10 years prior to turn out for the non-league national team.

If the young winger impresses next week, he could get a chance to play for his country again, with the squad set to be cut to 18 for November’s International Challenge Trophy final in Slovakia.

And having already had a taste of playing for the England C team, Okenabirhie hopes he gets the chance to do so again in the near future.

“It’s a great feeling representing your country and you want to build on that each time you play,” said the ex-Arsenal youngster.

“I learnt a lot from being with the squad and I really enjoyed it so hopefully I can do the same this time and push on again.”

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