Ben Drennan

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Academy new boy Ben Drennan has been called up by England ahead of an under-17 tournament in Norway later this summer.

The 16-year-old midfielder is one of several scholars to join Newcastle this summer, although he made 12 appearances for the Magpies in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League last term while still at school, scoring once.

He has been named in Kenny Swain's squad for the Nordic Tournament, which takes place in August and will see England face the Faroe Islands, Finland and the host nation in the group stages.

The Young Lions will play Faroe Islands in Brumunddal on Monday, 5th August, then Finland the following day in Vang before taking on Norway in Brumunddal on Thursday, 8th August.

Fellow Newcastle youngster Freddie Woodman represented his country in last year's competition, when England finished as runners-up. It is Drennan's first international call-up.

The full squad is: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Tom Huddart (Arsenal), Matthew Elsdon (Middlesbrough), Jay DaSilva (Chelsea), Archie Edwards (Charlton Athletic), Jonathan Helm (Middlesbrough), Cameron Humphries (Manchester City), Easiah Sulliman (Aston Villa), Callum Cooke (Middlesbrough), Ben Drennan (Newcastle United), Foday Nabay (Birmingham City), Daniel Pybus (Sunderland), Liam Walsh (Everton), Denzeil Boadu (Manchester City), Brandon Fox (Leicester City), Hugo Logan (MK Dons), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal), Giorgio Rasulo (MK Dons).