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Newcastle boss Benitez says Longstaff has England potential

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says Sean Longstaff has England potential.

The Geordie youngster is already on Gareth Southgate's radar and Three Lions' Under 21 coach Aidy Boothroyd watched him turn in a man of the match display in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

“He wouldn't look out of place," said Benitez, whose side are bidding for a fourth straight home win tonight. “I think he will go.

“I like to see my players going to the national team but it has to be the right one.

“I don't care if it's Under 20, 21s or even the senior side but I think he needs to go one step at a time.

“One thing I can say about Sean is that he is humble, professional and focused. I think there are not too many English players with his quality."

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