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Dagenham & Redbridge: Fejiri Okenabirhie hopes to take England C form in Daggers’ clash with Fylde in National League

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 March 2018

Luke Howell of Dagenham & Redbridge is denied by Adrian of West Ham United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Luke Howell of Dagenham & Redbridge is denied by Adrian of West Ham United (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Chike Kandi of Dagenham & Redbridge tries to get past West Ham United pair Arthur Masuaku and Alfie Lewis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Chike Kandi of Dagenham & Redbridge tries to get past West Ham United pair Arthur Masuaku and Alfie Lewis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dagenham & Redbridge will hope Fejiri Okenabirhie can take his fine form for the England C team into the National League clash at home to Fylde on Saturday.

The 22-year-old netted a hat-trick for the non-league national team in a 3-2 friendly win away to Wales C on Tuesday night.

The former Stevenage man was back on duty for his club the following night, coming on for the closing moments of the fundraising friendly against West Ham United.

Attention now turns to the game against high-flying Fylde on Saturday, as Okenabirhie looks to take his international form back to his club.

“Tuesday was a good night for me. It was great to get the win and to get three goals was pleasing. It was a good achievement and one that I’m proud of,” said Okenabirhie.

“It’s a good achievement every time you get called up and it’s something I can’t take for granted.

“The manager (Paul Fairclough) has a lot of players to choose from so it’s always a privilege to be called up. I’m happy I was able to do well and contribute this time and the times before.”

There were a few familiar faces with Okenabirhie in the England C squad this week, and not just in the form of current club colleague Charlee Adams.

Ex-Daggers defenders Sam Ling and Josh Staunton were also in the squad, and Okenabirhie was pleased to see his former colleagues.

“It was good to see Sam and Josh and catch up with them having not seen them for a while,” added the attacker.

“It was good to play with them again, they’re good players and I’m happy we all contributed to a good win.”

Now that he is back from international duty, Okenabirhie’s full focus is on Daggers again.

And he is desperate to help John Still’s men end the campaign well, having already netted seven times for Daggers in 2018.

“We’ve got eight games until the end of the season, so we want to finish as strong as we can,” he said.

“Hopefully I can continue scoring as many goals as I can until the end of the season.”

The hat-trick Okenabirhie netted for England C on Tuesday night will have boosted his confidence.

And any further strikes on Saturday will on add to his self-belief.

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