EDDIE Howe says Cherries striker Sam Surridge's international debut was "great for everyone connected with the club".

The Ferndown-raised youngster, who progressed through the Cherries academy, made his England under-21 bow earlier this month, coming off the bench to score in a friendly draw against Slovenia.

Surridge was then introduced four days later as a substitute against Austria to mark his first competitive appearance for his country, where Aidy Boothroyd's men won 5-1.

"It was great to see," Howe told the Daily Echo.

"It's great for everyone connected with this club. Another player getting international recognition at a younger age group I think is a great moment for a lot of people who have done a lot of work with Sam down the years.

"And of course for Sam and his family, a very, very proud moment.

"To represent your country is the pinnacle and great to see him score as well, really nice."

Surridge is currently enjoying a season-long loan spell at Championship Swansea City, where he has netted four goals.

The striker made his first league start for the club at Barnsley on Saturday, having previously been restricted to substitute appearances.

Asked how he has assessed Surridge's spell with the Swans so far, Howe said: "I think it's gone really well. I think he's had a taste.

"He would want more football, but I think he's come on, he's impacted games, he's scored goals.

"I think his confidence will be all-round, especially from the call-up, improving. Believing that he belongs at that level and then believing he's closer to playing in our team on a consistent basis.

"I think he'll be very pleased to this point how it's gone."