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Vincent's pride at England C call-up
3:27pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 in News
MIDFIELDER James Vincent is ready and raring to go as England C take on Turkey in the semi-finals of the International Challenge Trophy.
Vincent has become a regular in the international set-up and will once again be hoping to feature after being called to the squad ahead of the last four clash, which is being hosted by Dartford on Tuesday, February 5.
The 23-year-old Harriers midfield maestro played in the 2-1 win over Belgium in December and was part of the squad which went to Albania in October, only to see the match forced off because of record rain fall.
Vincent is leading the Harriers charge as his Reds teammates Chey Dunkley and Mickey Demetriou have been called up to Paul Fairclough’s contingency squad.
“It doesn’t matter how many times you are called up to represent your country, it is always an incredibly proud moment,” said Vincent.
“If you play non-league then to be called up to England C is the pinnacle and something I will always relish.
“I am looking forward to the game, it’s a massive match for us and one we’ll be hoping to win.”
The midfielder paid credit to the impact that manager Steve Burr and assistant Gary Whild have had on his career.
He signed from Stockport County in the summer of 2011 and after taking a while to find his feet, he ended the campaign as a first team regular.
Vincent has gone from strength-to-strength and his all-action performances in midfield, in attack or defence, have caught the eye.
He said: “I feel I have improved since coming to the club and that’s down to listening to what the boss and Gary have to say.
“I ended last season really well and have not really looked back since then.
“I see myself as a central midfielder but I have played a holding role and behind the strikers this season.”
Vincent is also sure Harriers can go one better than last season’s sixth place finish and make the play-offs in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The Aggborough outfit have finished just outside the top five in consecutive campaigns but Vincent is sure the squad is well-equipped for another promotion push.
He said: “I think the squad is looking good and we know we’re a good side, we want to be pushing for the play-offs.”
Vincent is also confident he will shake off a niggly knee injury in times for Saturday’s home clash against Woking (3pm ko).