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Carry On Campbell

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Young Adam Campbell won't be putting his feet up this summer - because he could be involved in two international tournaments with England

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

While most of his team-mates are preparing to head off on holiday at the end of a long season at home and abroad, there will be no rest this summer for young Adam Campbell.

Hot on the heels of his breakthrough season at Newcastle United, the 18-year-old is part of the England under-19 squad for the European Championships Elite Qualifying Round later this month.

And last Friday he was named in the provisional squad for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in June, so there could be a busy few weeks ahead for the former Wallsend Boys Club player.

Campbell was a late substitute on the final day of the season against Arsenal - his fifth substitute appearance of the campaign - before heading to St. George's Park to meet up with his national team colleagues.

"We fly to Belgium on Wednesday," he told nufc.co.uk as he proudly wore his England tracksuit. "We play Georgia, Belgium and Scotland and come back on May 30th. Then I'm possibly off to Turkey the following month.

"I haven't played much this season - at the back end of it anyway - so it'll be good to get some games. It'll be my first Euro Championships and then possibly my first World Cup, so it's all good news.

"You always want to play at the highest standard that you can and there's not really much higher than the Premiership and playing for your country. So at the moment I'm happy with how things are going and hopefully I can kick on a bit more next season as well."

England are bidding for a place in July's European Under-19 Championship finals in Lithuania, having topped their group in the first qualifying round in October.

The Young Lions take on Georgia in Bornem on Friday, 24th May before facing Belgium in Geel two days later and Scotland in Westerlo on Wednesday, 29th May.

Only the nation which finishes top of the four-team group will qualify but Campbell is confident that Noel Blake's boys can get the job done.

"I don't see why not," he said. "Obviously there's three good teams going so it should be interesting.

"We'll be playing against different countries that I haven't played against before so it'll be a nice learning curve for me. Hopefully I can get some game time and see what we can do."

Meanwhile, fellow Newcastle youngster Lubo Satka will also be involved in the European Under-19 Championships this summer.

The classy 17-year-old defender is part of the Slovakia squad for games against Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Switzerland next month.

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