ENGLAND look set to hand Sunderland keeper Anthony Patterson his first call-up for the Under-21 Euros this summer.
Patterson still qualifies for the age group, despite being 22, as he was eligible when qualifying began
And he is a regular for the Black Cats, unlike some rivals.
Josef Bursik left Stoke for Club Brugge, while James Trafford plays at Bolton on loan from Manchester City.
Patterson came through the ranks at Sunderland, hailing from North Shields in the North East.
He made two appearances in League One at the start of last season, before being sent out on loan
The young stopper made 11 appearances for Notts County before going back to the Black Cats.
Following his Stadium of Light return, Patterson started a further two matches in the absences of Ron-Thorben Hoffmann and Lee Burge.
After being relegated to the bench for a further four games, Patterson then usurped Hoffman for good – going on to make 20 League One appearances in total last term.
This season he has been undisputed No1, impressing between the sticks upon Sunderland’s return to the Championship.
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Patterson’s form has earned the attention of clubs in the Premier League.
SunSport revealed last week that Wolves and Leicester have made him a major target.
While the Black Cats have promotion ambitions of their own this season they could cash in on their home-grown starlet and collect around £10million if they fail to go up.