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‘MY CALL-UP SURPRISE.’ AJER

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KRISTOFFER AJER admitted his call-up to the Norwegian senior international squad took him by surprise.

Celtic’s 19-year -old defender was given the nod by veteran coach Lars Lagerback for the friendlies against Australia in Oslo and Albania in Elbasan.

Ajer said: “When you grow up loving football and supporting Norway you always have that dream to play for your country one day.

“I’ve been in the national teams since Under-15 level, so I’ve always been aiming for this target.

“I felt that I would eventually get there, but it has come a lot quicker than I expected.

“I found out from watching the press conference which is how they usually do it with Norway. I was watching it from home and that’s when I saw I was in the senior squad for the first time.

“I knew there were some very important Under-21 games, so I was ready for that as well.

“Obviously, I am delighted to get the chance to play in the senior team.

“I know some of the guys in the team including Martin Odegaard, Iver Fossum and Stefan Johansen, who is captain, so it will be interesting to see him again.”

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