Five of our youngsters have been named in the England squad for the upcoming Under-21 European Championship finals in Italy and San Marino next month, including the on-loan trio involved in Monday’s Championship play-off final.
After featuring heavily throughout qualification, Tammy Abraham along with Fikayo Tomori and Jake Clarke-Salter are included in Aidy Boothroyd’s 23-man group for the tournament, which starts on 16 June. Mason Mount and Jay Dasilva are also named as the young Lions aim to go further than their semi-final appearance in 2017, when Abraham was also involved.
The 21-year-old striker has netted 26 goals in 40 appearances on loan at Aston Villa this campaign, helping fire the Clarets back to the Premier League after success at Wembley at the start of the week against Derby County.
Mount and Tomori just missed out for Frank Lampard’s Rams but the duo have also enjoyed impressive seasons in English football’s second tier. Dasilva has featured frequently in the Championship for Bristol City, while Clarke-Salter helped Vitesse to a fifth-place finish in the Eredivisie.
Boothroyd’s side are in Group C alongside France, Romania and Croatia, with the opener against the French in Cesena on 18 June. The group winners plus the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals.
England are also sending a team to Toulon next month as they aim to win the tournament for the fourth year running. Trevoh Chalobah, Marc Guehi, Reece James and Conor Gallagher have made the cut as the Blues once again prove the best-represented club in the squad.
Chalobah and James have also impressed in the Championship this season, their first in senior football, while Guehi and Academy Player of the Year Gallagher have excelled for our academy teams. The latter is currently part of our squad in Baku for the Europa League final.
Japan, Portugal and Chile are group-stage opponents for Paul Simpson’s side, who kick off against the Japanese this Saturday 1 June.