Mehmet called up

West Ham United Academy goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet has been included in the Turkey Under-18 squad for a friendly double-header with Estonia next month.

Mehmet will join up with his international team-mates in Istanbul ahead of the fixtures, which will take place at the Ozel 2 Mac stadium on Tuesday 13 July and Thursday 15 July.

The 17-year-old's call-up is the latest step in what has already been a successful international career for the London-based stopper.

Mehmet, who has a Turkish father, was part of his nation's squad at the 2009 UEFA European U17 Championship finals, keeping a clean sheet as Turkey defeated England 1-0 in the group stage.

Later last year, the tall goalkeeper played four times as Turkey reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA U17 World Cup in Nigeria before losing to Colombia in a penalty shoot-out.

At club level, Mehmet is one of a host of promising young goalkeepers at West Ham, making eleven FA Premier Academy League starts in 2009/10.