Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ‘keeper on England duty

Cameron Dawson made two appearances for England U-19s in Belgium
Cameron Dawson made two appearances for England U-19s in Belgium
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There are some talented young goalkeepers from Sheffield on England’s radar just now and Cameron Dawson is keeping Sheffield Wednesday’s flag flying on that score.

Dawson is one of three goalkeepers (United pair George Long and George Willis the others) from the city figuring in England’s age group squads.

The 17-year-old Dawson has just capped a memorable personal spell by playing for England Under 19s at the UEFA U19 Qualifying round tournament in Belgium.

It was in April that he signed his first pro contract, a three year deal, with Wednesday where he has been an academy graduate.

He did play for England’s U18s last year and got his first Under 19 call a few months ago when United’s Willis withdrew from the squad.

His debut was against Turkey in a friendly in March. Then it was off to Belgium this month where he made two appearances in the three group games - the first of them certainly unexpected.

Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford was selected ahead of him but eight minutes into the opening game with Georgia, Pickford was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

On Dawson went and his first action was picking the ball out of the net because Georgia scored from the resultant free-kick.

England equalised to earn a 1-1 draw and it was the same scoreline in the second game against hosts Belgium.

For the final game, a 3-0 win over Scotland, Dawson was on the sidelines with Pickford back in the team.

However, England missed out on qualifying for the finals in Lithuania as Georgia pipped them for top spot.

Dawson is well thought of by the Owls. Development squad chief Lee Bullen praised last season’s displays and he can look forward to working alongside Chris Kirkland and Stephen Bywater.