Former Norwich City goalkeeper added to his collection of England U21 caps last night – with a fifteen minute run out as emergency striker.
Stuart Pearce’s young Lions were leading their Azerbaijani counterparts 6-0 when Wigan’s Lee Cattermole pulled up with an injury, and with the European Championships just a week away and no outfield substitutes to choose from, Lewis stepped up to the plate.
‘We had to do that because Cat’s pulled a slight injury and with the tournament a week away we were at a loss as what to do,’ Pearce told Sky Sports.
‘We used all our outfield subs and Joe put himself forward to go up front. It was a forced sub. Whichever way we did it we didn’t want to be seen as disrespectful. That was the last thing I wanted.’
England went on to win the game 7-0 at MK Dons’ stadium:mk, but Lewis was not able to get his name on the score sheet.
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