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Hakeem congratulated on international call-up

13th October 2016

Hakeem congratulated on international call-up

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray says young striker Zayn Hakeem's international call-up is well deserved.

The 17-year-old's been named in the Antigua and Barbuda Under-20 squad which has games later this month.

Murray told Mansfield 103.2 at this morning's press conference that Hakeem can have a great future, saying: "He's got everything - a fantastic attitude, he's quick, he's strong.

"He needs to learn the game as you'd expect at his age but he's very levelled as a character and has a great family behind him.

"We'll keep him nailed to the floor, we'll keep him working hard and we'll make sure his journey is not too quick or not too slow and allow him to develop at his own speed."

Centre-back Krystian Pearce represented England at Under-17 and Under-19 level and said it will be a great experience for Hakeen: "I'm sure he's buzzing to get that international recognition and obviously I hope that he takes it in his stride and kicks on from here.

"He has all the attributes to be a top striker so hopefully he can knuckle down and keep working hard and I'm sure everything will fall into place for him."

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