According to FourFourTwo in research done by YouthHawk.co.uk, Reading and Fulham have the highest amount of players from a Football League club who played as part of England’s youth set-up.

Reading had two players called up for England’s U17 squad and six players called up for England’s U16 team whilst Fulham had a more diverse mix of ages called up to feature for England’s youth teams. Fulham had one player called up for the U21 squad, two U18 players, two U17 players and three U16 players.

Nottingham Forest had a vaguely similar spread of ages called up as part of England’s youth-set up in one U21 player, one U19 and two U17 and U16 players with a total of six international call ups.

This is encouraging to see that our Football League teams are having players called up as part of their international team’s youth set-up and shows that although the Premier League often hoards young English talent, the Football League is still producing talented young players.

Interestingly, Reading, Fulham and Nottingham Forest both had more young players called up as part of the countries International youth-set up than Liverpool (five), West Ham (four), Man United (three) Newcastle (one) and Southampton (1) which is encouraging for the Football League.

Several League One and Two sides had players called up with League One Charlton, Fleetwood and Southend all having one player called up as part of England’s youth set-up whilst League Two Coventry and Luton both had a player each called up.

Encouraging stuff.


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