Sheffield Wednesday: Youth boss praises England ace

Sheffield Wednesday academy manager Dean Ramsdale poses for a picture at the club's Middlewood training ground
Sheffield Wednesday academy manager Dean Ramsdale poses for a picture at the club's Middlewood training ground
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Sheffield Wednesday academy manager Dean Ramsdale has showered praise on highly-rated goalkeeper Cameron Dawson and told The Star: “He is a feather in our cap.”

Having last week been included in the England Under-19s UEFA Elite squad for their forthcoming European Championship qualification fixtures, young shot-stopper Dawson is currently training with the Three Lions at St George’s Park. After a three-day training camp, England fly out to Belgium where they will lock horns with Georgia on Friday May 24, Belgium two days later and then Scotland on 29 May.

Dawson, who has recently signed professional terms alongside Hayden White, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, Johnny Fenwick and Ayo Obileye at Hillsborough, is hoping to be involved, having caught the eye of England’s youth set-up.

While Ramsdale was disappointed his Owls youngsters narrowly missed out on the play-offs on goal difference after losing their final two matches, he is pleased particularly with the development of Dawson.

“Cameron is the major positive out of the season,” said Ramsdale.

“He got another cap versus Belgium in March and he is a feather in our cap. We get England scouts at our games and it’s all through word of mouth and association.

“They’re coming because we’ve got good players and others will get noticed too.”

The other pressing task facing Ramsdale is to utilise the free reign handed to them by the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) last season. Now young players can be brought into the system from further afield than just South Yorkshire.

Ramsdale says that they have to scour as much as they can without neglecting what’s available on their own doorstep.

“I worked with Premier League clubs in the North West before I came to Wednesday so we’ll be looking at players from over there,” added Ramsdale, who has previously worked at Preston North End.

“We’ve got the lion share of the city and we have good sources in Northern Ireland.

“Sean Mullen and Simon Hanna are schoolboy internationals and we’ve got one or two more coming in next season but we’re always going to be first and foremost in Yorkshire.

“We have scouts all over the country and I’m keen on getting trialists in and getting feedback.”