SOUTHEND United goalkeeper Harry Seaden has expressed his pride after being named in England’s under 17 squad.

The talented shot-stopper has been called up for a trio of international matches.

And the Rayleigh based Seaden - who has previously represented England eight times at youth level - cannot wait to feature again for the Three Lions.

“It’s amazing to wear the shirt and play in front of a big crowd so I’m really proud and excited about it,” said the former FitzWimarc School pupil.

“My main goal at the start of the year was to be involved in the European Championships in the summer and get a few caps throughout the season, as well as playing well for Southend.

“I want to try and push for that but it’s mad how quickly everything has happened.

“I’ve gone from Sunday League football all the way up to the top in two or three years and that’s down to my mentality.

“It’s the same now as when I was playing for Rayleigh Boys.”

Seaden started England's 3-2 win against Portugal tonight and will now hope to face Russia at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

The Three Lions then face Germany at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium on Tuesday and the 16-year-old heaped praise on the Blues goalkeeping coaches who have helped him to progress.

“The goalkeeping coaches here have helped me out a lot,” said Seaden.

“I’ve been working with Terry (Mason) since the under nines when I was in the shadow squad and when I came into the building Lee Harrison has helped me out massively. so I’d like to say thank you to them,” he declared.

“Growing up, this is what I wanted to do with my life but I know I have to keep working hard.”