Chelsea youngsters get England U17 call-ups

Five of the Blues' academy stars could feature for their country against Turkey, Finland and Ukraine.

Chelsea youngsters get England U17 call-ups
Dujon Sterling in action. | Photo: Daily Mail

Football fans are often critical of how big clubs such as Chelsea implement their young talent. Often the case is that bright and promising players never even see the fringes of the first team squad, particularly at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea currently host one of the best youth academies in the country though, with talent such as Dominic Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and now five of their players have been called to England under-17s


It is a fantastic opportunity that the young men have been granted. Goalkeeper Jared Thompson, defenders Trevoh Chalobah and Dujon Sterling, midfielder Mason Mount and forward Martell Taylor-Crossdale have all made the squad after impressing at Chelsea. 

All five have represented their country before. Thompson and Chalobah featured in every minute of the three qualification matches in Autumn which saw England qualify for the elite qualifying stage, whilst the other three men played in a double-header against Germany back in November. 

England have three games coming up against Turkey, Finland and Ukraine and the Blues youngsters will be aiming to get as many minutes as possible to aid their development, both at national level and as individuals. 

Should the squad win their group, then they would then progress to the European Championships that are being held in Azerbaijan over the summer, so there is plenty at stake throughout the games for the squad. However, the players will also be looking to shine individually as they will want to be included in the side for that tournament should they win the group, meaning they will have to put in their best performances. 

Jared Thompson has already shown his worth in between the sticks for England at youth level. | Photo: Getty
Jared Thompson has already shown his worth in between the sticks for England at youth level. | Photo: Getty

Positive steps

For Chelsea, this can only be seen as a major positive for the club, who should be looking to take steps in this direction by bringing players through their youth system and into the first team - rather than relying on spending money on foreign footballers. 

The fact that they are English, home-grown players shows that the club have potential coming through and, with Loftus-Cheek having just signed a new contract, the youngsters should be looking at him as inspiration that there can be opportunities at Chelsea, as long as players work hard enough.