“They will be here for the semi-final. Maybe it’s a sign I’ll get one now they’re here for the game again”
England Under-21s star Alfie Mawson
Swansea defender Mawson is one of the loudest voices in the Young Lions’ dressing room and belts out the national anthem with gusto before every game.
It’s something he learned from helping out on his dad Gary’s fruit and veg stall, where he was still working just three years ago while playing non-league football for Maidenhead.
But after mum Paula missed his first goal for England in their win over Slovakia here, Mawson plans to give her something else to shout about in today’s semi-final.
The 23-year-old, who was playing for Barnsley in League One just over a year ago, said: “I was speaking to them after the game and my mum couldn’t really see what was going on.
“When she found out it was me she let off a massive scream. I’m not surprised. I’m surprised I couldn’t hear her from the other side of the pitch to be honest!
“That shows how proud they are. They will be here for the semi-final. Maybe it’s a sign I’ll get one now they’re here for the game again. We’ll see.”