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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is never known for giving youngsters a chance as he loves to go for experience.
Back in 2014, Chelsea had an exciting group of young players with prospect, and Mourinho had vowed at the time that the buzzing trio of Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke will be a huge part of the Chelsea squad and also the England squad. Mourinho had even claimed that he’d take the blame if they don’t make it.
“My conscience tells me that if, for example, [Lewis] Baker, Brown, and [Dominic] Solanke are not national team players in a few years, I should blame myself,” Mourinho said, speaking back in 2014.
“They are part of a process the club started without me. In this moment, we have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.
“At 16 or 17 I don’t think it’s good for them to go somewhere else to play, like in the Championship. At 17 they have to train with us and they have to learn with us. They will learn a lot.”
7 years on, those three talents seem far from the Three Lions squad, with Brown recently sealing a move to Championship side Preston North End.
The 24-year-old’s contract ended last summer and it wasn’t extended by the club, thus ending his 8-year spell with Chelsea.
Brown who was highly rated at West Brom and then Chelsea, has insisted that he still has hopes of featuring for the Three Lions.
The former Chelsea man told Sky Sports: “Some things happen in your career like injuries and setbacks but it’s part of football. You never know what can happen in the future and I still believe that one day in the future I can still probably play for England.
“I have got to keep believing in myself, work hard and hopefully this season sets me up to carry on pushing forward.
“I feel like Preston is an amazing club and I can’t wait to play at Deepdale with all the fans.”