If football ever doesn’t quite work out for Duncan Watmore, at least he can fall back on his impressive university degree.
The 21-year-old Sunderland youngster has just qualified with a first class honours degree in economics and business management from Newcastle University.
Former Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Bradford player David Wetherall, is the only other footballer in the history of the Premier League to achieve a first from university.
Watmore made his first-team debut for Dick Advocaat’s side in the League Cup first round and came off the bench during the 1-1 draw with Swansea in the Premier League.
The striker began his studies at the University of Manchester while he was playing non-league football for Altrincham before transferring to Newcastle Uni after being snapped up by Sunderland in 2013.
Watmore continued with his revision on international duty earlier this summer when England’s Under 20s travelled to France to take part in the Toulon torunament.
Dick Advocaat described Watmore as a “natural goalscorer” at the end of last season and the youngster is expected to make a real impact at the Stadium of Light this season.