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Nmecha Looking To Build From Germany Experience

2 April 2019

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On loan Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha is focusing on PNE after making his international debut last week.

The 20-year-old had to wait for his international clearance during the break but he came on as a substitute to make his debut for Germany U21s in a 1-1 draw against England in Bournemouth.

Nmecha had previously represented England at youth level but he was born in Germany and says he enjoyed the experience.

Speaking to iFollow PNE, he said: “It was really good. I actually didn’t know anybody but it only took me a couple of days to get to know the lads and they’re all really nice and welcoming.

“My German is pretty fluent it just took me a few days to get used to speaking it all the time but it was fine.”

The striker also saw a lot of familiar faces during the game because he has spent all of his career in England with Manchester City and North End.

“We play against a lot of the lads in the Championship so it didn’t feel as strange as people would’ve thought.

“Phil Foden was there who I’ve obviously played with through all my time at City so that was nice seeing him,” he added.

After returning from international duty the forward played 45 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at Reading but he’s hoping to put things right against Sheffield United.

“We’ve just got to dust it off and move on to the next game, we’ve got quick games coming up so when you’ve had a bad game like that it’s nice to have a game to redeem yourself straight after." He continued.

“We’ve done well against all the top teams up to now, teams that play out we tend to be able to smother them and do really well against them so that’s what we’ll be looking to do again.

“We’re a good footballing side and we want to show that as well as getting the results, so we’ll be looking to play the way that we’ve been playing for the second half of the season against these top teams.”

Nmecha has recently been playing out wide instead of in his favoured role up front but he believes that the experience helps him develop as a player.

He added: “All the way up to the age of about 14 I was playing out wide anyway but I am a centre forward and this is just another thing that I can add to my game in a kind of mobile way where we can all rotate.

“Sean [Maguire] can go out wide, Callum Robinson can go out wide and we can all play centrally so it’s good in that sense. We’re all very mobile and we swap and change a lot.”

Watch the full interview with Lukas on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.

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