Ameobi follows Newcastle debut with England U21 call-up

Sammy Ameobi
Sammy Ameobi

SAMMY Ameobi’s told of his joy after making his home debut for Newcastle United – and earning his first England Under-21 call.

The 19-year-old came off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Everton to make his first senior appearance at St James’s Park.

And 48 hours later Ameobi was packing his bags after earning a call from Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce as a replacement for injured Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.

Ameobi’s home appearance 11 years after he watched his older brother Shola make his debut against Chelsea at the Stadium, and, growing up, it was always his dream to follow in his sibling’s footsteps.

“To make my debut at St James’s Park for the first team was a great honour,” Ameobi told SportMail.

“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.”

On his call-up for England’s European Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Belgium and Iceland, Ameobi added: “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.”

l MIDDLESBROUGH left-back Joe Bennett has been promoted to the England Under 21 squad after being on standby last week.