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The 21-year-old is hoping to be involved in the friendly between England and Scotland's Under-21 squads, and is keen to show senior manager Roy Hodgson just what he can do

Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi is keen to repay the faith shown in him by England manager Roy Hodgson.

The 21-year-old has been called up to the Under-21 side by the senior manager due to the sacking of Stuart Pearce this summer.

He is in the squad to face Scotland next week, and will make his first appearance since last November.

Ameobi told the club's official website: "It's great for me, growing up and wanting to play for England, that he's noticed my game recently.

"And hopefully I can impress him when we come to play.

"It's good to be back in contention. That's what I want to do and I've had a good start so hopefully I can show what I can do and hopefully I'll be in more squads to come.

"It was early last season when I last got called up but I had a little bit of a niggle in my hamstring so I couldn't do it, which was unfortunate, and then I haven't been in since then.

"So to it's good to know that they're still looking out for me and it's good to be back in the team."

Ameobi set up brother Shola to score the equaliser in a pre-season friendly against Rangers this week, and has been praised by boss Alan Pardew for his performances so far this season.

He believes his loan spell at Middlesbrough in the second half of last season was the turning in his career.

The winger added: "I think I've had a great start to pre-season in terms of the effort I've put in. I think I've matured a lot and Middlesbrough helped a lot with that.

"But I'm just learning the game really and I'm getting back into it. It's good for me - this is just more experience and it's experience that I need.

"Getting to play games with some of the top young players in the country is something I'm looking forward to.

"Even though it's against Scotland, it's just another game for me - I'm going to put everything in if I get the opportunity to play.

"I'm going to put all my effort in and hopefully come out with a good result, and some goals, and some assists!"

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