Date: 24th June 2012 at 11:12am
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Clarets’ midfielder,Cameron Howieson is off to the Olympics.

The teenager has been included in New Zealand’s squad for the London Games with the Oly Whites’ first match in the Olympic tournament against Belarus at Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena on July 26.

Howieson earns his selection after being involved at senior international level for the first time in New Zealand’s recent World Cup qualifiers and OFC Nations Cup campaign.

The 17-year-old, who signed his first professional contract at Turf Moor and made his first-team debut towards the end of last season, is included in an 18-man squad under former Wolves midfielder Neil Emblen.

He is joined by four other British-based players, including QPR defender Ryan Nelsen who will captain the New Zealand squad as one of three over-age players in the under-23 squad.

New Zealand play warm-up games against Japan, the Korea Republic the United Arab Emirates before arriving in England as part of 154-strong Olympic team.

In the 16-team football tournament, the Oly Whites will also face Egypt and Brazil in Group C.

New Zealand Olympic Schedule

July 26: New Zealand v Belarus

ity of Coventry Stadium, Coventry (7.45pm)

July 29: New Zealand v Egypt

ld Trafford, Manchester (12noon)

August 1: New Zealand v Brazil

t James’ Park, Newcastle (2.30pm)

Howieson is following in the footsteps of former Burnley winger Peter Kippax, who played in the 1948 London Olympics when Great Britain lost out in the bronze medal match to Denmark.

An amateur throughout his football career, Kippax helped the Clarets win promotion to the First Division and reach the FA Cup final in 1946/47.

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