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!!