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2014-03-01T12:16:00 Updated 2015-02-18T22:32:10

Howes features in England draw

West Ham United goalkeeper Sam Howes started for England U17s in their 2-2 draw with Portugal at the Algarve Tournament on Friday.

The schoolboy stopper, who has already played Development Squad football for the Hammers this term, completed the full game at the Estadio Algarve - a stadium built specially for the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship finals.

Two goals from Middlesbrough's Callum Cooke earned England a 2-2 draw but, having twice led, the Young Lions were left frustrated by having to settle for a share of the spoils as Portugal equalised with just two minutes remaining.

Cooke put England in front from the penalty spot on 33 minutes before the host nation equalised three minutes after half-time through Diogo Goncalves. Howes, 16, was then called into action again on 63 minutes, when he produced a fine save to stop Renato Sanches putting Portugal in front.

Cooke put England back in front on 77 minutes, only for Goncalves to set up Anthony Oliveira for a late leveller.

England, who opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Netherlands on Wednesday, will complete their Algarve Tournament with a winner-takes-all clash with Germany on Sunday in Lagos - the same stadium where West Ham's first-team squad trained during their pre-season trip to Portugal in August.

Howes will hope to keep his place ahead of Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

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