Callum Burton off on England U16 duty again
Promising Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Callum Burton is excited about heading off on England under-16 duty later this week after being called up for the Nordic Tournament in the Faroe Islands.
Callum travels down to London to meet up with his team mates on Friday before flying to the Faroe Islands the following day.
With England guaranteed four games in the tournament, Callum hopes to feature in at least two of them with Newcastle United prospect Freddy Woodman the other keeper selected by England under-16s coach Kenny Swain.
"Getting called up again is great," said Callum. "I had to pull out of the last squad I was picked for because of a foot injury so getting selected again is a big achievement.
"I'm proud of that so hopefully I can enhance my reputation and do my best while I'm there.
"There's four games in total so I'll probably get two games along with the other keeper.
"We've got Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland in our group with a seeding match after that."
Callum collected his first international cap when he helped the under-16s beat Spain in Madrid earlier this year.
"I was very happy to play against Spain," he recalled. "Every call up you take as it comes but every time I've got the call I've been ecstatic. It's an unbelievable experience."
Callum, a Shropshire lad from Newport, is now a familiar face around the Greenhous Meadow after starting a full time two year scholarship programme earlier this month.
He's looking forward to the challenge of chasing a professional contract under the supervision of head of youth Wayne Evans and Peter Wilding while he also enjoys working closely with Gavin Ward, the club's goalkeeping coach.
Callum added: "It's brilliant and it's what every lad wants to do, play football every day. I've been here four weeks now and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
"I've played a few of the pre-season games, done all right, so hopefully I can carry on and continue what I've been doing well.
"I've got to work hard and be dedicated. I've got two years on my scholarship and hopefully I'll get a pro contract at the end of it."