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'He was outstanding from minute one to minute ninety' - Gareth Owen

Stoke City defender Jaden Dixon recently made his debut for England U17s against Northern Ireland, and the club's academy director, Gareth Owen, has been discussing the defender's first international performance for the Young Lions.

"You never quite know how he'll settle in that environment because it's completely new to him, but he took to it like a duck to water.

"Leading, organising, demanding things from others which is pleasing to see and that's due to him being around older players in the U21s here.

"I thought he was outstanding from minute one to minute ninety, and we look forward to him having a few more appearances in the future."

When asked how the 17-year-old has been progressing at Clayton Wood, Owen added: "Since he walked through the door, he's taken every challenge that we've set him and smashed through it. We've moved him up age groups, we've dipped him in other positions, he's been around the first team as well in such a short space of time.

"He wants to be better and he's asking Ryan Shawcross for clips which just shows what a great learner he is, but he also knows his feet are firmly on the floor and he's not the finished article.

"He's got that desire and a hunger to learn, and when you are coachable and you have those attributes, it makes our job a hundred times easier."