Newcastle United starlet Sammy Ameobi has spoken of his delight at being given the chance to represent England Under-21s for the first time, but insists he will not take his call-up for granted.
The 19-year-old was drafted in to Stuart Pearce’s squad for the first time after Sunderland forward Connor Wickham was forced to withdraw due to injury.
Ameobi could now get the chance to feature in the upcoming European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Belgium and Iceland, and he is determined to make the most of his chance.
He told Newcastle's official website: “I’ve always wanted to represent my country, so to get the opportunity is an excellent thing.
“I won’t take it for granted if I get a chance to play.”
Ameobi also spoke of his pride at following in the footsteps of his brother, Shola, after making his St James' Park debut in the 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday.
“To make my debut at St James’ Park for the first team was a great honour,” he continued.
“I had a great reception from the fans, and I was honoured. I’m not going to take anything for granted.
“It was a dream come true since I first saw Shola play here against Chelsea about 10 years ago.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in front of so many great fans. To have done that was amazing, and I’ll never forget it.”