Conor Coady expresses true pride at England duty amid women in hotel shame

Conor Coady admits he will continue to be loud and proud when it comes to representing England.

The Three Lions squad find themselves in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons in the wake of the shameful behaviour of Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden.

The disgraced duo were booted out of the squad and sent home from Iceland on Monday after bringing two women back to the team hotel in Iceland to break lockdown protocols.

Gareth Southgate's men are now under huge scrutiny following a string of lurid headlines.

But Coady admits he couldn't be happier after making an impressive debut in the goalless draw with Denmark in Copenhagen – and is still coming to terms with experiencing what has been the highlight of his career so far.

The Wolves defender could be heard barking out orders against the Danes and believes playing for the Three Lions will always be something to shout about.

The 27-year-old said: "It's something I have worked for my whole career. My whole life, it's something I have dreamed of doing.

"This week has been absolutely incredible. There are some world-class players here so to learn from them and be involved with them has been amazing.

"To make my debut tonight is something I won't ever forget. It hasn't quite sunk in yet but it will do. It's an incredible feeling, honestly.

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"No-one is able to take this away from me. It is something I have worked ever so hard for and I will cherish it. I'd really have wanted my wife, my kids, my mum and my brother to be there.

"I'd have loved that, but they weren't and it doesn't matter because it's such a huge honour to do what I have done. I will look back at it with fond memories and hopefully improve and get better."

Fellow debutant Kalvin Phillips plans to give his first England shirt to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa as a token of appreciation for what the Argentine has done for him.

But there is no chance of anyone getting their hands on Coady's memento and he added: "I'll be honest with you – it's going to go up in my house.

"First and foremost it's an honour to play for my country. To finally get that shirt and have it with the date and fixture on the front and the No 4 on the back – it's incredible.

"It's certainly going up on the wall in my house and it's something I'll cherish and remember for the rest of my life."

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