WHETHER or not versatile defender Ben Godfrey is deployed in a different role game on game, his commitment will not waver.

The 23-year-old first attracted attention at hometown club York City as a midfielder but has moved further back on the pitch and is now best known as a centre-back.

But his talents are far from constrained to a single role, as his performances in the Premier League with current employers Everton attest.

Godfrey has starred all across the back line for the Toffees this season, garnering consistently high praise from supporters and pundits - and he has provided assurance that his efforts will not dip regardless of where he is playing.

“I’m fortunate that I’ve got the ability to swap and change and do jobs in other positions that I’ve got attributes for," he told The Press.

“I’ve said numerous times that that’s not a problem and if the manager needs me to do a job in another position, he can guarantee 110 per cent from me and I’ll try and do my best to help the boys gets three points.

“In terms of England, they watch games and they’ll have an idea where they want to play me in the camps I’m selected for.

“I see myself more as a centre-back but it’s always just great to be picking up minutes and being involved in games."

Godfrey has made an impressively composed start to life at Goodison Park following his summer move from Norwich City.

“It’s been really easy to settle in," he commented. "Sometimes when you move clubs, it can take players a few months to find their feet and get to grips with stuff but I give massive credit to the lads, the staff and the club as a whole for welcoming me with open arms. They’ve made it really easy for me.

“It’s enabled me to put in some good performances and feel like I’m at home really early on in my Everton career.

“I’m really enjoying my time at this club and long may it continue."

Fitting in at teams does not seem to be something Godfrey struggles with. As a teenager going into the York City dressing room, Godfrey said his self-assured nature helped him to settle in.

Godfrey is currently out in Slovenia with the England Under-21 squad for the group stages of the U21 European Championship.

Among the squad are former team-mate Max Aarons and current colleague Tom Davies.

Asked if the familiar faces help on international duty, Godfrey said: “That’s more the case at the start when you’re new to the England set-up, when you don’t know many of the lads, it’s easier to have familiar faces around, which I did for my first few camps.

“Max and Todd Cantwell from Norwich were around for my first few camps, which made it easy.

“After a few camps you get to know everyone. It’s not a difficult group to settle into anyway. Now it’s not the case where you need them familiar faces because I’m familiar with other lads there.

“But it is always nice to have Max and Tom Davies, who I spend every day with."

The Young Lions' chances of qualification for the knockout rounds hang by a thread, however, after defeats to Switzerland (1-0) and Portugal (2-0) have left them bottom of their group.

England need to beat Croatia today (5pm) by two goals and have Portugal win by the same margin against Switzerland for Godfrey and his team-mates to go through as group runners-up to the knockout stages in May.