Kieran Trippier-inspired player earns call-up after agreeing Newcastle United deal

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Newcastle United recently handed the 17-year-old a professional contract.

Newcastle United youngster Leo Shahar has been called up to England under-17s squad for the 2024 European Championship finals in Cyprus.

The Young Lions get their Group D campaign underway on Tuesday night against France before facing Portugal on Friday and Spain next Monday. The nations that finish 1st or 2nd will advance into the quarter-finals.

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England Under-17 squad in full

Goalkeepers: Spike Brits (Manchester City), Douglass Lukjanciks (Everton), Oliver Whatmuff (Manchester City)

Defenders: Harry Amass (Manchester United), Samuel Amissah (Fulham), Jaden Dixon (Stoke City), Christian McFarlane (New York City), Stephen Mfuni (Manchester City), Kian Noble (Manchester City), Leo Shahar (Newcastle United)

Midfielders: Jack Fletcher (Manchester United), Ollie Harrison (Chelsea), Divine Mukasa (Manchester City), Callum Olusesi (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Rigg (Sunderland)

Forwards: Baylee Dipepa (Port Vale), Christian Dunbar-McDonald (Manchester City), Luca Fletcher (Manchester City), Shumaira Mheuka (Chelsea), Mikey Moore (Tottenham Hotspur), Ethan Nwaneri (Arsenal)

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Leo Shahar signs professional contract

Leo Shahar left Wolves to join Newcastle United last summer. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)Leo Shahar left Wolves to join Newcastle United last summer. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)
Leo Shahar left Wolves to join Newcastle United last summer. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images) | Wolves via Getty Images

Shahar - who has seven caps at U17s level - joined the Magpies from Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer following a ten-year spell with his boyhood club.

The 17-year-old has made 25 appearances across the academy this season, eight of which have come with the under-21s. As a result, Shahar was awarded with a professional contract last week alongside Trevan Sanusi.

Reacting to his pro deal, Shahar said: “Seeing the likes of Trippier and Livramento playing well for the first-team makes me want to thrive and try to get into a similar position that they are in. The fans love those two and I want to push on to try and get into that spot. I’m going to work as hard as I can everyday on the training pitch to get to that spot.

“Signing my first professional contract is everything I have dreamt of since I was a kid. To get that opportunity at such a big club like Newcastle United is outstanding and I’m hoping to keep pushing on.

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“I’ve been getting great opportunities with the under-21s this season as well as playing in the UEFA Youth League and representing England (at under-17 level) so I thought that was such a big reason in wanting to commit my future here."

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