SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Teen ace Cameron Dawson targets more caps

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WHAT a week it has been for young Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson.

The 17-year old shot-stopper made his international debut last Thursday for England’s under-18s side in their 2-0 win against Italy at Field Mill. Dawson came on as a second-half substitute for Noel Blake’s men, replacing Middlesbrough’s Luke Coddington.

Dawson posted on Twitter: “Proudest day of my life. First cap for my country! What a surreal few days! No better feeling than making your family proud!”

Dawson is praying he impressed sufficiently enough on international duty to be included in the next squad.

After the game head coach Blake offered hope to Dawson and his fellow newcomers, saying: “It’s up to them to say to me out there on the pitch and in training that they’re good enough for the U19s and some people did that.”

Less than 48 hours after representing his country, Dawson then went on to help Lee Bullen’s development side to a derby victory over Barnsley at Middlewood. He kept a second clean sheet in a row as the Owls edged the local derby through strikes from Caolan Lavery and Josh Windass. Midfielder Chris Lines also got 60 minutes under his belt as he continues his rehabilitation from an injury he picked up in pre-season.

Dawson’s cap came in a week when the Owls goalkeeper department fell under the spotlight. No 1 Chris Kirkland was assaulted by a Leeds fan during the derby draw whilst Stephen Bywater contracted pneumonia, paving the way for Jones to sign up the unattached Adam Davies.