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Baldock suprised by England call

Lower league players usually not picked admits striker

MK Dons hot-shot Sam Baldock admitted his England call-up came completely out of the blue.

The 20-year-old striker has been included in an initial squad of 30 for the U 20 FIFA World Cup in Egypt next month.

But down-to-earth Sam isn't getting carried away with things at all at the moment.

"It was unexpected to be honest," he said.

"You don't really associate lower league players with international call-ups so I was really pleased.

"Originally the manager last year pulled me aside and told me I was being considered and then the physio Simon Crampton showed me an email that he got last week saying I was in the 30 and that is how I found out."

He faces some tough competition to make Brian Eastick's final 21-man squad. Other names in the striking department include Chelsea pair Daniel Sturridge, Scott Sinclair, West Ham's Freddie Sears and Newcastle's Andy Carroll.

Add to that the likes of Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Kieron Gibbs and Baldock admits he is in some fine company.

He said: "They are top young players at great Premier League clubs.

"I haven't actually seen the squad list but they're some very good names. But for now I just want to get myself fit

 
 
 

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