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One of Northern Ireland's new-boys is well aware of what to expect when he steps out at Windsor Park.

Norwich full-back Jamal Lewis is one of two uncapped players in Northern Ireland's panel to face South Korea on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

And while the Luton-born 20-year-old isn't a Northern-Irishman by birth, he's very familiar with his international team's vociferous support.

Lewis qualifies to represent NI through his mum but it's another NI influence that's talked him through what to expect.

"(Norwich goalkeeper) Michael McGovern has told me already that playing at home is such an advantage for this country as it should be," he said. "For the fans to turn up like they do, it's amazing. He said it's like having a 12th man so I'm really looking forward to it.

"I've played for the U19s and the U21s so I know what playing for Northern Ireland is all about but to get called up for the senior squad is a huge honour for me and my family.

"I'm just enjoying the week and looking forward to the game on Saturday. It'll feel great to be out there in front of the fans."

Lewis catapulted himself into the spotlight in January when he netted a 94th minute equaliser against Chelsea in an FA Cup replay. Even if Norwich were eventually beaten on penalties, it wasn't a bad platform on which to announce your arrival in senior football.

He said: "That was only my fourth or fifth game so I wasn't expecting it at all. To do that at Stamford Bridge in front of the TV, it was a great moment for me."

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