Joe Wildsmith expresses gratitude to Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal and Owls goalkeeping coach after England U21 call-up

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The youngster has been hugely impressive for the Championship side this season.

Sheffield Wednesday stopper Joe Wildsmith has expressed his gratitude to Carlos Carvalhal and goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes after he was included in the latest England under-21 squad, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 20-year-old only made his debut for the Owls at the beginning of this season, but has been incredibly impressive during his first handful of appearances for the Championship club.

That form has persuaded Gareth Southgate to call him up for a second time, having included him in the squad for the games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Switzerland in November - although Wildsmith played in neither game. 

And after receiving this latest call-up, the youngster was keen to suggest that the staff at Hillsborough were to thank for his progress.

"It's been a big season for me so far and I'm very proud of what's been achieved and there are a lot of people to thank," he told the Star.

"The gaffer has been brilliant with me and goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes has shown a lot of faith in me and I hope I've repaid them a little with my performances."

While Keiren Westwood is rightly considered the club's number one, injuries have meant that the Republic of Ireland international has had to spend several weeks on the sidelines throughout the campaign.

And when Wildsmith has been given his chance, he has taken it with both hands. In his 12 games this season, he has kept five clean sheets.

Two of those came in the Capital One Cup victories over Premier League sides Newcastle and Arsenal, with both games providing a glimpse of what an excellent goalkeeper he could well become.  

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