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Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter has been named as England’s captain for the young Lion’s campaign at the European Under-21 Championships which is taking place in Italy.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and impressed in the Dutch league. The centre-back won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 playing alongside fellow Chelsea academy product Fikayo Tomori who is also in the squad for the Under-21 tournament. Three other Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Jay DaSilva are also in the squad.
Jake Clarke-Salter is a natural leader and has previously captained England at Under-19 level. He is highly rated in the Chelsea ranks and has spent previous seasons on loan at Sunderland and Bristol Rovers.
Speaking of being the England U21s captain, he said: “It’s a massive honour for me to captain England at such a big tournament like this. When I look at the players who have played in the Under-21 Euros, along with the quality of the squad we have now, it’s such a proud feeling to be named captain.
“It’s a big responsibility to lead the team and make sure we keep our standards as high as we expect them to be on and off the pitch. We know we have a big job to do over the next couple of weeks if we want to achieve the success we hope and believe we can at the Euros.
“We’ve got a lot of natural leaders in the team and a lot of talent and we’re going to do everything we can to try and win this tournament.”
England will begin their Group C campaign against France on Tuesday 18 June in Cesena, before facing Romania on 21 June and Croatia three days later.