Howes earns England Euro call

West Ham United Academy goalkeeper Sam Howes has been named in the England U17 squad for their UEFA U17 European Championship campaign, which gets underway in Malta in early May.

The young stopper, who has featured on 20 occasions for the Hammers' U18 side this season despite still being a schoolboy, has been capped twice at U17 level and will now hope to add to his tally in the eight-team finals tournament.

England's campaign gets underway on 9 May when they take on hosts Malta at the National Stadium in Ta'Qali.

Three days later Kenny Swain's side face Turkey at Gozo, before the final group game pits them against the Netherlands in Paola on 15 May.

The Young Lions last triumphed at the Euro U17 Championships in 2010 when the then Hammers' Rob Hall formed part of their squad.

England U17 squad for 2014 UEFA European U17 Championships

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), Sam Howes (West Ham United)

Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Mandela Egbo (Everton), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Taylor Moore (RC Lens), Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic), Tafari Moore (Arsenal)

Lewis Cook (Leeds United), Ryan Ledson (Everton), Joshua Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough), Josh Sims (Southampton)

Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United), Patrick Roberts (Fulham), Dominic Solanke (Chelsea), Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United), Isaiah Brown (Chelsea)