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Brittain named EFL Young Player of the Month

Academy graduate becomes the fourth MK Dons player to win the award...

16 October 2017

Callum Brittain has been named the EFL’s Young Player of the Month for September.

The 19-year-old defender was in terrific form last month, totalling seven starts and helping the Dons keep four clean sheets.

He also scored his first career goal in the 1-1 draw with Oxford United at Stadium MK before providing an assist for Aidan Nesbitt’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle a week later.

Brittain’s excellent start to the 2017/18 campaign also saw him earn a first call up to the England Under-20s side. The Academy graduate made his debut in a 5-1 victory over Italy and also featured in the Young Lions’ 4-0 triumph over Czech Republic, finishing with three assists to his name.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Brittain said after receiving the award. “September was probably the best month of my life and it has left me lost for words.

“Scoring my first goal was a great feeling, especially to do it in front of the Cowshed – it gave me a real buzz. Then to get called up to England was great and a real honour.

“I just want to kick on now and try to get better and better each week.”

His manager, Robbie Neilson, said: “He’s had a great start to the season and I’m really pleased with him. He’s progressed a lot in the last six months and it’s great to see his performances recognised.

“It’s important for him to continue working hard and keep performing well. If he can get that award at the end of the season that would be even better!”

Brittain becomes a record fourth MK Dons player to receive the EFL Young Player of the Month award, following in the footsteps of previous winners Sam Baldock (2010), Patrick Bamford (2013) and Dele Alli (2014).

Other recipients of the award include the likes of Tammy Abraham, Demarai Gray, Danny Ings, Charlie Austin ad Wilfred Zaha.

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