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INTERVIEW: Callum Doyle looks ahead to Blackpool trip and talks England Under-20s call-up

The Sky Blues defender is enjoying his football, on loan from Premier League side Manchester City...

17 March 2023

Sky Blues defender Callum Doyle says he is keen to make it a weekend to remember for the 3,777 fans who will make the trip to Blackpool on Saturday.

City will be backed by a sold-out away end for their clash with Mick McCarthy's side, who stormed to an impressive 6-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.

Mark Robins and his players will arrive in East Lancashire on a eight-match unbeaten run with their sights set on heading into the March international break with that record still in tact.

Ahead of the weekend, Doyle celebrated the news that he will spend that March break with England for friendlies against Germany Under-20s, France Under-20s and USA Under-20s.

On the unbeaten run heading into the weekend:

"Even with the unbeaten run, there is always going to be frustration when we don’t get the three points, like on Tuesday night against Wigan Athletic.

"I thought we failed to play our best in the first half but we played more football in the second half and created more chanced, but we were frustrated with the goal.

"I’ve played in a four-at-the-back before, as we did in the second half, but I am comfortable swapping formations, it does not phase me. 

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"The gaps are bigger in a four, obviously, but if you position yourself well then there are no problems. You just have to be aware of the extra space."

On his season so far, on a personal level:

"I am loving it at the moment. Playing games is the biggest thing, especially in the Championship.

"I am taking it game-by -game and just enjoying my football."

On defensive partner Kyle McFadzean:

"He is a great player and a great leader. He helped me to get through games and gives me advice in training.

"He is a great player to have around if ever I need any help. He’s a great lad and a leader. It’s a big bonus to have him next to me."

On Saturday's trip to Blackpool in the Championship:

"The fans are always special at Coventry. They’re always together and they get behind us.

"It will be good to see the away from on Saturday and to make it a memorable weekend for them.

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"Hopefully, we can get the three points that we want and with the fans behind us I can see that happening."

On his England Under-20s call-up for March internationals:

"I am over the moon. It’s a great privilege to get a call from your county and it will be great to see the lads again. I am excited to go and see the lads and wear that England shirt.

"There are also two games in Marbella, so I might even come back with a tan, but the first game is in Manchester so it will be good to get up there and see some familiar faces.

"There will be players here who get a break but, for me, so long as I am playing football I am happy. I am really enjoying these games and I always have a smile on my face."

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