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Freddie Woodman shares delight on Twitter after international call-up

By Harvey Byrne

Young Newcastle prospect Freddie Woodman has shared his delight on Twitter after receiving his first call-up to the England Under-21 squad for the Euro 2017 qualifier against Norway.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford pulled out of the England youth squad and Woodman was promoted up from the Under-20 side.

The 19-year-old Newcastle shot stopper took to his personal Twitter account to tell fans that he was delighted to have been added to the young England side for the first time.

He has now joined Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Sheffield Wednesday shot stopper Joe Wildsmith in the side, with Magpies midfielder Isaac Hayden also featuring in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

The young starlet has recently extended his stay at St James’ Park until 2020.

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He is still waiting to make his debut for Newcastle’s senior side, but he has made a number of appearances on the club’s bench.

Woodman is also tipped for big things on the international stage after he won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship with England, conceding two goals in four games and saving a penalty in the final of the tournament against Holland.

He has also made 16 appearances for the England Under-19s and featured in this summer’s European Championships, where the young Three Lions side made the semi-final.

However, it looks unlikely that the goalkeeper will see any first team football with Newcastle this season as the club currently boasts a wealth of strength in the position with Matz Sels, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow.

In other Newcastle team news, former Magpies player Jonas Gutierrez could be set for a move to the Italian top-flight, with Chievo and Cagliari both interested.