By Will Butcher
Newcastle youngster Callum Roberts is ecstatic after making his debut for England Under-20s against Holland on Wednesday night.
The winger came on with 15 minutes remaining as the Young Lions impressively beat their opponents 2-0, with goals from highly-rated duo Patrick Roberts and Adam Armstrong.
Roberts, 19, revealed on his personal Twitter account that he was “buzzing” to pull on the Three Lions strip and take to the field in place of Middlesbrough’s Harrison Chapman.
Buzzing to make my @England debut tonight! Good 2-0 win to⚽️
— Cal Roberts (@Calroberts_) October 5, 2016
The youth side, managed by interim boss Paul Williams after Aidy Boothroyd replaced Gareth Southgate as the Under-21s manager, began a four-nation tournament with the 2-0 win against the Netherlands on Wednesday night at Oldham’s Boundary Park.
They then play Germany at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on Friday, before travelling to Rochdale to play against the United States on October 10.
Roberts has been making steady progress for the Toon, after making his debut for Newcastle midway through the 2014-15 season against Leicester in the FA Cup and featuring largely for Peter Beardsley’s development side.
Newcastle’s number 44 has scored two goals in three games for Beardsley’s outfit as both a striker and on the left side of a three-man attack.
The attacker has also had a loan spell at neighbours Gateshead, making three appearances during a six-week spell with the Conference side in 2015.
In other Newcastle news, Chancel Mbemba has delivered this update on Twitter on the condition of his national side’s squad.