There was a time not long ago where the best young players at Leeds United had to leave the club if they wanted a real chance to represent the England national team.
However – thanks to the club’s rise under Marcelo Bielsa – those times are gone, as the current England player of the year wears number 23 for the Whites.
Kalvin Phillips was joined in the last England squad by Patrick Bamford, whilst both Luke Ayling and Jack Harrison have been spoken about as options for Gareth Southgate after excellent seasons in 20/21.
While neither of those players have quite hit the heights of their form last season yet, they know that with Leeds at the top level again they will get more opportunities to impress.
Alongside Phillips and Bamford, Leeds have plenty of England internationals within their various age-group sides. Charlie Cresswell is having a season of firsts, as he was called up to the England U21 side for the first-time during the last international break. His recent performances in the Carabao Cup and in his Premier League debut are only going to have strengthened his standing in the eyes of U21s coach Lee Carsley.
Meanwhile, Joe Gelhardt, Lewis Bate and Sam Greenwood all featured for England U20s, with Gelhardt scoring twice in his his first game at the level.
These players will find out whether they’ve been selected for England once again in the next couple of days, as the schedule for squads being announced looks like this:
Men’s Seniors: 2pm, Thursday 30 September U-21: 10am, Friday 1 October U-20: 11am, Friday 1 October U-19: 12pm, Friday 1 October U-18: 1pm, Friday 1 October U-17: 2pm, Friday 1 October
Patrick Bamford will be a doubt to be included in the senior side, given his recent injury which ruled him out of Leeds’ last fixture and if he does not make the squad he will hope to return fully fit after the international break and find a run of goals to push himself back into the fore-front of Southgate’s thinking.