Young Newcastle keeper Paul Woolston was called up by England for their European Under 17 Championship Elite Round qualifiers and has been in stunning form.

Now with one match still to play, Woolston and his England teammates are already guaranteed to top Group and have earned a place in this summer’s finals.

Saturday saw the young Newcastle keeper help England to a 3-1 win over Norway at Burton Albion’s ground, Woolston making some important saves.

Then Monday night the action moved to Chesterfield and England once again won 3-1,  this time against Slovenia.

The scoreline may have been comfortable in the end but early on Paul Woolston made some stunning saves, which gave ENgland the platform to go on and win the match and top their group.

Next up is Romania at 7pm on Thursday 26 March, which will be played at Burton Albion’s ground.

The Geordie youngster from North Shields spoke to the official FA website in the run-up to the qualifiers:

“This is the Elite Round, these teams deserve to be here just as much as us, so we know they are going to be strong. We have to be ready and we are working hard to ensure we are.

“When you go away it can sometimes take you a few days to adjust to the pitch and the hotel, but you know exactly what you are going to get at St. George’s Park. Everything is provided for us to do well, it’s up to us to use that and ensure we get the three wins that we are aiming for.

“St. George’s is the home of the England teams. It’s hard to describe what it’s like when you have your England gear on walking around the place, it makes you feel ten feet tall. But it also lets you know that you are here representing your country and you have to step up to the plate.

“We need to prove why we are worthy of pulling on the Three Lions, especially with us hosting the games. A lot more people will be watching us and we all have something to prove to show why we deserve to be in this team.”

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