Teenager Callum Roberts eyed by England after Newcastle breakthrough

ONE TO WATCH ... Callum Roberts.
ONE TO WATCH ... Callum Roberts.

CALLUM Roberts has caught the eye of England’s scouts after starring for Newcastle United.

The teenage forward was watched playing for the club’s Under-21s in Monday night’s win over Blackburn Rovers.

Roberts – who was called into the first-team squad for Newcastle’s game against Queens Park Rangers last month – scored in a 3-1 victory for Peter Beardsley’s side.

The second-year scholar Uhopes to earn a professional deal at St James’s Park.

Speaking about North Shields-born Roberts, United manager Alan Pardew said: “I do like him.

“He has tremendous technique and ability – he’s knocking on the door.”

Reserve-team coach Beardsley has high hopes for the 17-year-old, who could now earn a call-up for England’s Under-18s next year.

Roberts impressed against Blackburn at the Leigh Sports Village. The result took United, unbeaten in five games in all competitions, to the top of Under-21 Premier League Division Two.