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Callum on standby for England under-18s

24 September 2013

Young Town goalkeeper in frame for national team call

Young Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Callum Burton has been named on standby for the England under-18 squad.

Burton, a second year scholar at the Greenhous Meadow, is no stranger to international honours having already been capped by England at under-16 and under-17 level.

England under-18s will take on Hungary at St George's Park in two matches next month with the Town keeper on standby should Angus Gunn of Manchester City or Southend United's Ted Smith have to drop out. 

"Callum has got a good pedigree," said Town manager Graham Turner. "He's played in the England under-16s and 17s and now he's on standby for the under-18s so people know about him."

Burton, having recently returned from a work experience loan spell at Market Drayton, turned out for Conference North club Workington on an emergency loan last weekend.

The Cumbrian club contacted Town about Burton's availability on Friday afternoon and the 17-year-old was keen to play for them against Worcester City the following day.

"We had a phone call on Friday afternoon and the first thoughts were what does Callum feel about it," added the manager.

"He was desperate to play as it was at Kidderminster Harriers ground against Worcester. Unfortunately they lost 4-0 and that follows on from a couple of fairly heavy defeats when he was on loan to Market Drayton.

"But playing at that level of men's football, having only just turned 17, will do him the power of good. By all accounts, he came out of the game very well." 

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