Three young Blues to represent England at U19 European Championships, including attacker who ‘did really well’ in first team appearance

Chelsea are well represented in the England squad set to head to the U19 European Championships in Slovakia.

The Young Lions’ campaign gets underway on Sunday with a group stage matchup with Austria, before clashes with Serbia and Israel.

Chelsea academy prospects Harvey Vale, Teddy Sharman-Lowe and Bashir Humphreys have been selected as part of Ian Foster’s squad, with this age range winning the tournament back in 2017.

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Back then, current first team stalwarts Mason Mount, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah helped win the tournament, with Dujon Sterling also involved.

The current crop will be hoping their futures take a similar path, although Vale in particular has already had a taste of life in the Chelsea first team.

The 18-year-old, who captains his nation at this level, made five cup appearances under Thomas Tuchel last season, drawing praise from Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he “did really well” in a hard-fought win over Luton Town.

If illness hadn’t struck at the end of the season, Vale could have expected his first Premier League minutes against Leicester City and Watford.

Goalkeeper Sharman-Lowe has been playing for the U23 side at club level, after a half-season loan with his former club Burton Albion in 2020.

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The 19-year-old has been capped at this level of international football, and will be hoping his performances in the PL2 have been enough to see him handed an appearance.

Former Reading man Humphreys is also capped by his country at U19 level, after joining the Blues in the summer of 2021.

The centre-back made 15 appearances for the Chelsea U23 side last season, including 12 in the PL2.

The trio will be looking to continue the rich success of Cobham prospects for the international side, with the core at the club getting bigger every season.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.