The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jimmy Booker

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

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