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Callum Styles had never been to Hungary before first international game

Callum Styles had never been to Hungary before first international game

Callum Styles had never been to Hungary before making his debut for the national team.

The midfielder – who was born and raised in Greater Manchester but has Hungarian ancestry – admitted it was “surreal” to get on the pitch when he went to Budapest for the first time but he also had a “superb” time exploring the city after the game.

He told FourFourTwo magazine: “Back in 2020, me and my missus had planned to visit Budapest but then COVID hit.

“Two years later, I ended up making my debut on my first visit.

“It felt surreal – I was 21 and thought I’d be called up for the under-21s but the coach said, ‘No, no, I want you in my team.’

“The stadium was unbelievable, it holds 60,000 and even for friendlies, they sell out every game – the fans are some of the best I’ve come across.

“The city was beautiful as well.

“My girlfriend and my family travelled to watch the game and afterwards we explored and went on a boat trip. It was just superb.”

Callum’s call-up came after he made a brief reference to his heritage in an interview.

He explained: “My mum’s mum was born there – all her side of the family are Hungarian.

“We knew our grandparents weren’t from England but I never really had a chat with my mum until I was older, when she told us a little bit more.

“Then when I was at Barnsley, I did an interview for a matchday programme. Mentioned it and it caught fire.

“Someone got hold of the story and then the Hungarian team made contact with me.

“Everything happened so fast – I didn’t expect them to be so eager, but it was a good feeling.”

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