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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 October, 2003, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK
Carson delight at U21 call-up
Leeds goalkeeper Scott Carson
Carson has yet to play a full match for Leeds' first team
Leeds goalkeeper Scott Carson has admitted his surprise at his call-up to the England Under-21 squad for Friday's Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey.

The 18-year-old was one of six uncapped players brought in to England Under-21 coach David Platt's squad even though he has yet to make his senior competitive debut for Leeds.

Carson only joined Academy in July last year after being spotted by former Leeds defender Peter Hampton playing for non-league Workington Reds in an FA Youth Cup tie.

And in the wake of Nigel Martyn's move to Everton, Carson has jumped up the queue to become Paul Robinson's understudy.

"I can't believe I'm involved with the Under-21s - and at 18," Carson told the Leeds' official website.

"The Leeds secretary came up to me after Saturday's game and said 'congratulations'.

"I said 'What for?' and he told me I was with the Under-21s.

"I was straight on the phone to my mum!

"I couldn't believe it - I've only played four games for England at other levels and I've not played at senior level for Leeds yet, other than 20 minutes in a friendly, so to get into the Under-21s is amazing.

"To think, when I arrived at Leeds last summer I was fifth choice. Obviously, I've been working hard, but from that to reserves and now the Under-21s, I'm almost lost for words.

"I was sitting on the bus on Monday with the Under-21 lads and I was looking at the other players like Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Jenas. I'm just stunned I'm involved."

"I have to realise I'm only 18 and if I'm not involved, then I know I will just have to keep plugging away and try to play in the future.

"I know I've got four years ahead of me at this level. That has given me confidence for the future."






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