16-year-old Leeds United stopper Will Huffer emulates Newcastle star, becomes hero for England

Leeds United prospect Will Huffer has had a terrific 24 hours.

Teenage goalkeeper Will Huffer was the hero for England's under-17 side as they qualified for the World Cup competition for their age group.

The Three Lions had a tough task, faced with a play-off against Spain to reach the finals, and only just squeezed through on penalties.

Huffer was a substitute for the game and had not expected to play a part, being called off the bench for the penalty shootout after an injury to Newcastle goalkeeper Paul Woolston.

He made the crucial saves to secure England's place at the finals in Chile in October, and it was another Newcastle goalkeeper whose performance he was compared to.

The FA's website likened his impact to Tim Krul, who came off the bench in the World Cup for Holland's penalty shootout win over Costa Rica.

It has been quite a 24 hours for Huffer, who was one of 12 youngsters announced by Leeds on their official website as having signed two-year scholarships.

Speaking after the victory, Huffer said: "I'm just happy to have helped the side qualify for the World Cup. Now I just hope I get picked for it."

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