CLACTON teenager Nick Hayes is hungry for more international action after making his debut for England’s under-17s.

The goalkeeper (pictured) featured in two recent matches for the Young Lions, playing the whole game against Turkey and then coming on as a second-half substitute against Portugal.

Both were in the FA International Tournament, at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium and Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium respectively.

England beat the Turks 2-1 before losing 7-3 to competition winners Portugal.

Former Clacton Coastal Academy student is a full-time scholar at Ipswich Town and now hopes to be involved in upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Portugal, San Marino and Armenia.

“It was a massive honour to represent my country, especially at such an early stage of my career,” said the 16-year-old, who also attended Holland Park Primary School.

“I’ve worked so hard over the past few years to get an opportunity like that.

“It feels everything has happened so quickly as this time last year I was wondering if I was going to be offered a scholarship at Ipswich.

“Now my achievements include having made my debuts for Ipswich’s under-21s and England’s under-17s.

“It was amazing and, to be honest, I felt very relaxed during the warm-up.

“I knew if I was nervous and hesitant, it would show during the games.

“It also really helped that my first touch of the ball was a good one.

“It helped me to settle down and now, having played in both games, I’m really hoping that I may be called up again in the coming weeks for the European Championship qualifiers in Portugal against Portugal, San Marino and Armenia.”