Double joy for Sammy Ameobi

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NEWCASTLE youngster Sammy Ameobi has received 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, was a dream come true.

“To make my debut at St James’s Park for the first team was a great honour,” Ameobi said. “I had a great reception and I was honoured.

“It was a dream come true since I first saw Shola play here against Chelsea about 10 years ago.”

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.”

Third-placed Newcastle, unbeaten in 11 games, face a tough sequence of fixtures when the Premier League resumes.

They face back-to-back away games against the two Manchester clubs and a home game against Chelsea, but Ameobi says he and his team-mates won’t be fazed by the challenge.

Ameobi said: “Everyone’s buzzing. To be where we are after 11 games isn’t easy. It’s amazing, and hopefully we can keep it going.”