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ACCRINGTON'S Richard Chaplow said he is going to frame his England shirt after making his Under 21 bow in the 3-2 win over Holland at Hull on Tuesday night.

ACCRINGTON'S Richard Chaplow said he is going to frame his England shirt after making his Under 21 bow in the 3-2 win over Holland at Hull on Tuesday night.

The Burnley midfielder came on for the last eight minutes of the clash after being promoted from the Under 19s for David Platt's side.

More than 25,000 were watching the game - including Richard's mum Teresa and dad, Chris, and a few of his golfing friends from Accrington.

"I got all the squad to sign my England shirt and I am going to frame it and put it up on the wall," said the 19-year-old. "My first England shirt."

"I thought I would be really nervous but once I got onto the pitch I was fine."

"I knew I was going on as David Platt had said I would play some part."

"I only got a couple of touches but it was just nice to play for England - and to win. And my mum and dad said they enjoyed it. They were obviously really happy for me."

Chaplow, who was playing for Burnley's youth and reserve teams last year, has made a big impact in the Clarets' first team this season.

The midfield maestro has scored three goals and made 31 appearances for Burnley this year - although he has had one sending off. He admits he was surprised at his international call-up - but is just taking everything in his stride.

"It was hard as I got the Under 19 call-up but then learnt last week that I was going to be playing for the Under 21s and had to keep it quiet until the squad was announced on Saturday."

"I knew it would be a big step up and I knew I wouldn't be playing a full match. It was great to be involved though."

"I think Stan Ternent (the Burnley manager) was pleased when I got the Under 19 call-up but I think he was a bit taken aback with the Under 21 call-up! He was obviously happy though and is just hoping I do well."

And "Chappy" admitted it was nice to have the best wishes of the Accrington public with him.

"Throughout the week I had been getting "Good Luck" messages from my old school, Mount Carmel, and other people who I have grown up with and Accrington Cricket Club rung me to wish me luck," said the former wicketkeeper at Thorneyholme Road.

"It is nice to know people are thinking of you and you want to go out there and do your best. It is strange as I am suddenly getting all this attention - but it is nice that people are watching you and wanting you to do well."

He enjoyed being part of the whole England team which also included Blackburn's Jon Stead.

"I enjoyed being with the squad and it it is a privilege to be there. I enjoyed training - we had an eight-a-side game southerners v northerners and of course the northerners won! It was great to mix with different players and be part of it all as we prepare for European Championships in 2006."

"Now it is just a case of keeping my feet on the ground."

Chaplow also has the distinction of being the first Burnley player to win an England Under 21 cap.

"It is a bit daunting when you think of all the history of the club. It is a nice achievement though and it is nice to be in the record books."

And the local lad hopes he can keep rewriting those history books.


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