Brighton’s Shane Duffy feels his team-mate Lewis Dunk is reaping the benefits of training with England. The pair have excelled at the heart of Chris Hughton’s defence since Duffy’s signing in 2016 and in that time the former Blackburn man has become a regular for the Republic of Ireland.
Thursday looks set to see Dunk join the international ranks with him tipped to get his first cap against the USA at Wembley.
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The 26-year-old was part of Gareth Southgate’s previous squad in October and his good form has continued over recent weeks.
Duffy says he has seen a positive change in his partner, adding that the extra belief he has gained from receiving international recognition has helped him become a more accomplished player with the Seagulls.
He told the club website: “Hopefully he can kick on now within the squad, he went there last month, and those experiences will have done him a lot of good. “You can see in his game since he’s come back that he’s been an even better player.
“That’s what the confidence from being in that sort of environment does for you as a player – it’s the highest level you can get to and he’s gone and reached that.” “He’s got there through hard work and believing in himself, so he fully deserves everything he gets.”