Sammy Ameobi Gets Call-Up To England U21 Squad


England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has made three changes to his 25-man squad for the Euro 2013 qualifier against Iceland in Colchester on Thursday.

Sammy Ameobi – England U21 call-up

With Sunderland’s Connor Wickham and Middlesbrough’s Alex Nimely both out with injury, and Jack Rodwell promoted to the full England squad,  Sammy Ameobi of Newcastle is one of three players brought into the squad.

The other two are Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett,and Manchester United’s Will Keane, who joins the U21s from the England under-19 squad.

This game is the England U21 side’s fourth game in their Group 8 qualifying group, and they have won their first three matches and are 3 points above second placed Norway at the head of the group.

This is the first ever call-up at International level for the 19 year-old younger brother of Shola, and he had this say about his selection:

“I’ve always wanted to represent my country, so to get the opportunity is an excellent thing and I won’t take it for granted if I get a chance to play.”

“I’d heard a few people say that Stuart Pearce was looking at me but I had no idea that I would be in the squad. I just got told after training on Monday. I was told ‘you’re in the squad’ – that’s how I found out.”

“Then I had to rush home and get everything packed!” “It’s been a good time for me. Getting the opportunity to play for Newcastle and show what I can do means I’m getting noticed a lot more, which is good.”

“Hopefully if I keep on doing what I doing, I’ll keep getting opportunities to play.”  “Shola’s played for England under-21s so I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to do so as well.”

“And hopefully I can go even further than he has.”  “The manager Alan Pardew told me to keep doing what I’m doing, and said to work hard and make an impact,”

“And he said that if I get the opportunity, I should play like I have been doing for Newcastle. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that and he’ll be able to see that I’m making progress.”

Sammy thoroughly deserves his call-up and the fact it’s for the U21s, when he still qualifies for the England U19 side, shows how well he’s thought of,  and certainly he’s looked very good when he’s played in the Newcastle first team.

It’s always good to see players at Newcastle doing well, and especially a youngster like Sammy, who’s just a great lad.

For the record,  Sammy has 8 appearances for Newcastle with one stupendous goal at Scunthorpe United, and his brother Shola played 20 times for the U21s from 2000 through 2003 with 7 goals.

Howay The Lad!!

Comments welcome.



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29 comments so far

  • American Toon 13

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #1

    First? hehe, anyways, good to see Sammy get called up.

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Great news can only be good for him

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #3

    To the lad who abused Sammy on twitter…. Our lads playing for England – what you doing?

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  • LewSpi

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Good on the lad. Nice to see a youngster with his feet seemingly on the ground, i.e. Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll etc.

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  • American Toon 13

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #5

    as long as he plays, he’ll get more matches which will only make him better

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh and new chant to “no woman no cry”

    Oh Yohan Cabaye!
    Go! Yohan Cabaye!

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #7

    his probably from sunderland

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Ivica Olic rumour ? what do you think

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  • American Toon 13

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Olic would be fantastic. Real hard working player. Doubt if there’s substance to it. When he’s fit he usually plays for Bayern.

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #10

    too old

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  • Demba_Ba

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #11

    i just dont see the sense in maiga as he is going to be away for the african nations ? i would assume we need cover for Ba i have a feeling we will be surprised , the maiga story is just to keep other teams of the scent of our mystery man ?!?!!?

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  • American Toon 13

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #12

    but Olic is older. wouldn’t make a lot of sense given the squad policy

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Nov 8, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #13

    My moneys on de jong

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 8, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Except Maiga, he is on his way!

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 8, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Well done SAMeobi.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 8, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Sammy is going to be some player, his level-headed personality will aid that. Striving to be the best, he can be.

    As for STs? I think Hoillet will be brought in, to replace Lovenkrands.

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  • NOVA2967

    Nov 8, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #17
  • JAMSHA

    Nov 8, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Team for MAN CITY

    Krul

    Danny-taylor-colo-taylor

    Arfa-toto-danny-jonas

    Sammy

    Ba

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  • t00ntime

    Nov 8, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Jamsha the only that will work is if u swap sammy and ben arfa, cause sammy is a winger/striker and ben arfa is a shadow striker… U might even put sammy on the left jonas on tje right and benmy behind ba 😉

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  • NUFC_DOWNUNDER

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Oba will prob be good to go for man c, otherwise I’d play Sammy on the wing.. Cabaye should also be ok… We won’t have possession against city so need best and Ba up front..
    Again, I don’t really see the need to bring Maiga.. He’s too similar to what we have in Ba, best and Shola… I think ridgewell and Hoillett would be great for January

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  • meringue

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #21

    how about a change of tactics for man city? i know its risky and its man city but it will allow us to play our best available players (assuming marv, obertan and cabaye remains sidelined)

    krul

    simpson colo taylor taylor

    gosling tiote guthrie

    benarfa guti

    ba

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Why o why do people talk crap bowt changing jonas to the right get a grip,we are on a long unbeaten run so the only changed should be for injurys and in the rightfull positons,im suprised i havnt heard lets put krul up front to cover ba wen hees away,1 word IDIOTS

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  • cyprus

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #23

    First time I really got a look of Sammy, last game. When he ran I was concerned that a wheel or something would come off, but it all held together and his end product was just fine. Must be hard to defend against.

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #24

    Why change an unbeaten formation

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  • meringue

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #25

    because we don’t have the players to keep playing the same way?

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  • TOONCHRIS

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #26

    We dont play for 2 wks we could n probably will have evry1 back by then

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  • nimo

    Nov 8, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #27

    my mate reckons we re off for umut bullut.. honestly never heard of him but he plays in french league he says.

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  • estechco

    Nov 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #28

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kzb-g2yD4I

    Certainly knows where the goal is. Where did he hear that?

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  • Brutooon

    Nov 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Hopefully sammy WONT follow his lazy Brother – who never ever good enough to play for England

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