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YOUNG Bolton goalkeeper Jake Turner has said he is living the dream after being included in the firstteam squad and making his England Under-18 debut this season.
The 17-year-old was thrust into the first-team squad as cover for Ben Alnwick after regular back-up custodian Mark Howard suffered a broken thumb.
Turner was also handed his debut for the England Under-18s against France in November, and kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.
His rise to prominence is all the more remarkable, given he used to play as a striker.
“To achieve what I have in just three years as a goalkeeper, it’s what I’ve always dreamt of,” Turner said. “It’s all happened so quickly, it’s amazing.
“I used to play as a striker but over time decided to switch and play in goal. I’ve always been the biggest in the class at school and I’m one of the biggest here. It helps!
“I just work hard in training and thankfully it’s paid off. It was unreal (to get the England call-up).
“To pull on the jersey and to make my debut was the best feeling ever. I’m now going to keep working hard and see how it goes.”
STARLET: Jake Turner