Teenage Town defender earns senior international call-up
Ipswich Town defender Elkan Baggott has been called by to the senior Indonesia squad for the first time.
The teenage defender, who made his Ipswich debut in the EFL Trophy against Gillingham earlier this season, has previously been called up by his country’s U19 squad but is now in line to make his senior international debut.
Indonesia face Thailand, Vietnam and United Arab Emirates in the space of eight days in early June, UAE being the host venue for all three preliminary qualification round two fixtures.
Baggott signed his first professional contract with the Blues in January and is currently on loan at National League side King’s Lynn Town.
He’s made six appearances in total for the Linnets.
Speaking after signing his Town contract earlier this year, Baggott said: “I'm delighted to sign.
“I want to thank all the coaches, my parents and everyone who has been around me and helped me and I’m just looking forward to kicking on now.
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“Coming through the academy the coaches have been so supportive and helpful and have taken time out of their sessions to help me personally. They have been great.
“My parents have always supported me through the ups and downs and they will continue to do so. I’m so thankful.
“Now I have to get my head down and kick on.
“I have goals and targets and I want to build on those. I set some coming into the season and one of those was to make my debut, so I want to thank the gaffer (Paul Lambert) for giving me the opportunity to do that and letting me play.
“My debut was a bit surreal and a brilliant opportunity but straight after it I was off to Heathrow airport and off to international duty (with Indonesia U19s). It was a great night and there was so much pride to have made my debut for Ipswich. It all really sunk in a few weeks after.
“You have to appreciate how far you’ve got but also keep your head down and kick on. That’s what I’m going to do."