Morgan Gibbs-White has reflected on his World Cup success and insists he is right back down off Cloud Nine and ready to press on to stake his Wolves claims.
The affable 17-year-old midfielder was one of the key figures in England Under-17s historic recent World Cup success in India, his second goal of the tournament the equaliser as the Young Lions came from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 in the final.
Whilst there has been an understandably positive and high-profile reaction to the England triumph, Gibbs-White says he has quickly moved on to focus on a fresh ambition when Wolves return to action after the current international break.
“Life has been crazy since coming back from the World Cup – it’s been non stop!” he said.
“A lot of people have been coming up to me and I am trying to get on with it all and be as nice as I can.
“It has all sunk in now but I don’t think it did at first.
“We flew back and I got home to see my family and then it all started to sink in – that we had won a World Cup!
“I was on Cloud Nine but I am back to earth now.
“I have already put the achievement to one side.
“I am focusing on first team football here and trying to push my way in.
“Personally my target now is to progress with the first team to get back on the bench and make a start, or play some cup games.”
In terms of the tournament itself Gibbs-White believes England got better and better the longer the competition went on.
“The friendly we played in Mumbai before the tournament wasn’t great and we struggled with the heat,” he explains.
“But when we got to the group stages in Calcutta we had adapted better and got used to playing with each other again.
“Things started to build from there.
“From the start of the tournament we had the belief we had a chance of winning but it was about putting the work in, on and off the pitch – that was what really mattered.
“There are some really good players in that squad and it is a privilege for me to play in the same team as them.
“There was only really me and Steven (Sessegnon) playing who weren’t with Premier League clubs
“But I benefitted from having played more first team football than others and I think that helped, especially when going behind in the final with Spain.
“We were 2-0 down, and it was a case of realising we were on top and comfortable in possession and if we could get a goal we would be right back in it.
“That is what happened, and we were delighted to be able to go on and win.”
All in all it has been a fairly spectacular year so far for Gibbs-White.
A debut at the age of 16 in the FA Cup tie at Stoke, place on the bench on his 17th birthday weekend for the victory against Liverpool at Anfield, Academy Player of the Year, and now this!
“It is one of the best years I have ever had,” he confirmed.
“Making my debut for such a big club as Wolves and progressing on.
“Even though I had a setback with injury, I have come back stronger, and now won the World Cup.
“Everything is settling down at the moment and we will see how it goes.
“I want to thank all the Wolves fans who have supported me back from when I first made my debut. And all the way since.
“And a big mention to all the coaches and staff here who have helped me progress and the physios who had belief in me to get back fit for the World Cup.
“Hopefully I can push on more with first team from now.”