18-year-old Chelsea prospect captained his country to an impressive 4-0 win yesterday

Chelsea starlet Levi Colwill had an afternoon to remember on Wednesday after he captained England Under-19s for their European Championship qualifying victory over Andorra.

Colwill was handed the armband by Ian Foster and helped the Young Lions keep a clean sheet during their 4-0 win in Stockholm.

Leading out your country is an honour only designated to a relatively small pool of players, so to do so at any stage of a professional’s career should be celebrated.

Colwill in control

It is a nod to how well the 18-year-old has been playing domestically that he was named skipper of the national side.


He is enjoying life on loan with Huddersfield Town in the Championship, the youthful defender’s first full taste of senior football.

19 games into the campaign and Colwill has already racked up 14 appearances, one goal and an assist.

During that time he has helped the Terriers to seven victories and five clean sheets.

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The centre-back has both bark and bite.

But which way will his career path lead?

If Chelsea fans could have their way, they would ask Colwill to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of the term.

They recognise Antonio Rudiger might be leaving in the summer and therefore need a replacement on the left-side of Thomas Tuchel’s defence.

Coincidently, this is the position Colwill has been playing for Huddersfield. Plus, he is left-footed.

A match made in heaven? Only time will tell.

Vale’s tales

One young man who is almost certainly going to be remaining at Cobham next year is Harvey Vale.

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Vale also featured for England Under-19s yesterday, another Chelsea product to have captained the team before.

He might be asked as well to fill a spot in Tuchel’s squad before too long, as Ross Barkley’s future remains uncertain.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.