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League is a hub for young Brits

10 October 2013

There are 67 Sky Bet Football League players lining up for England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland this weekend.

In total, 70 per cent of the minutes played in the Sky Bet Championship this season have been played by footballers from the UK.

As you can see from these examples, the future of British football can be found in the Sky Bet Football League:

England U21s
Nathaniel Chalobah: Nottingham Forest 
Chalobah is back in the Sky Bet Championship, with something to prove, after failing to force his way into Chelsea’s midfield.

The 18-year old has played for each of England’s representative teams and was part of the U17s team that won the European Championships in 2010. 

Chalobah spent last season on loan Watford in the Championship, excelling under Gianfranco Zola. 

In total, he made 38 appearances and scored five goals en route to the play-off final.

Danny Ings: Burnley
Danny Ings has been the stand out centre forward in the Sky Bet Championship and his goals have taken Sean Dyche’s side to the top of the table. 

His seven Sky Bet Championship goals this term have brought him to the attention of the Gareth Southgate, who rewarded him with his first call-up to the U21s squad for the vital World Cup qualifying tie against San Marino which took place on Thursday. 


Scotland
Ross McCormack: Leeds United
27-year-old McCormack represents the finished product of a Football League development. 

He had spells at Doncaster Rovers and Cardiff, before joining Leeds in August 2010.

With 29 goals in his 109 Leeds appearances, McCormack is looking to add to his 9 Scotland caps as they take on Croatia next Tuesday. 


Wales
Jack Collison: AFC Bournemouth
Jack Collison has enjoyed considerable success at Premier League level with West Ham, but has recently struggled to find a first team place, with Ravel Morrison, Mark Noble and Mohamed Diame proving difficult to displace. 

His move to AFC Bournemouth represents a coup for the South coast club who sit eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.

At 25, Collison is already a senior Wales regular and has formed a solid partnership alongside in-form Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsay.


Northern Ireland
Martin Paterson: Huddersfield Town
Striker Martin Paterson has spent his entire career playing in the Sky Bet Football League, with spells at Stoke City, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Burnley and Huddersfield Town.

Paterson was born in England, but, due to Irish heritage, chose to represent Northern Ireland at U21 and senior level. 

Now a full international, with three goals from his 18 caps, Paterson will be hoping to add another victory in Azerbaijan to the team’s triumph against Russia in August. 


Full details of British Football League Internationals

England Under 21
: Bond (Watford); Butland (Barnsley, on loan from Stoke); Long (Sheffield United); Robinson (Blackpool, on loan from Liverpool); Carroll (QPR on loan from Spurs); Chalobah (Notts Forest, on loan from Chelsea); Hughes (Derby County); Ince (Blackpool); Lingard (Birmingham, on loan from Man United); Powell (Wigan, on loan from Man United); Ings (Burnley);

Scotland: Gilks (Blackpool); Greer (Brighton); Hanley (Blackburn Rovers); Anya (Watford); Bryson (Derby County); Burke (Birmingham); Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers); McCormack (Leeds United); Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

Scotland Under 21: Fyvie (Wigan Athletic); Beck (Carlisle United); Fraser (Bournemouth); McGregor (Notts County, on loan from Celtic).

Wales: Hennessey (Wolves); Williams (Tranmere); Gunter (Reading); Ricketts (Wolves); Collison (Bournemouth, on loan from West Ham); Crofts (Brighton); King (Leicester); Church (Charlton); Robson-Kanu (Reading); Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Wales Under 21: Roberts (Cheltenham Town); Fox (Charlton Athletic); Freeman (Derby); Hewitt (Ipswich Town); Ray (Crewe Alexandra); Walsh (Crawley Town); Bodin (Torquay United); Evans (Wolves); Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town); Wes Burns (Bristol City); Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Northern Ireland: Hodson (MK Dons); Lafferty (Burnley); Cathcart (Blackpool); McArdle (Bradford); Baird (Reading); Norwood (Huddersfield); Ferguson (Birmingham, on loan from Newcastle); Evans (Blackburn); Grigg (Brentford); Paterson (Huddersfield); Ward (Derby).

Northern Ireland Under 21: McCullough (Doncaster Rovers); Thompson (Watford); Sendles-White (QPR); Carson (Ipswich); Morgan (Nottm Forest); Ball (Stevenage); Tempest (Notts County); Millar (Oldham); Lester (Bolton); Brobbel (Middlesbrough); Gray (Accrington Stanley); Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday); Reid (Exeter City).



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