Four Leeds United youngsters round off perfect week with England U20s call-ups

Four Leeds players have been named in the England U20s squad to complete a week of call-ups for the Whites.

Cody Drameh, Lewis Bate, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood join Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford’s call-ups to the senior squad as Charlie Cresswell topped his week off with a call-up to Lee Carsley’s U21s.

Nineteen-year-old Drameh could make just his second U20 appearance after his debut against Wales last year.

But for Lewis Bate, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood they are all in contention for their U20s debut after receiving maiden call-ups following their exploits with the U23s as they won Premier League 2 Division Two.

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It is the first camp for new head coach Andy Edwards after Lee Carsley replaced Aidy Boothroyd with Jason Euell and Danny Alcock joining his coaching staff as assistant and goalkeeper coach respectively.

The Leeds contingent could be in line to make their debuts at this level for England as the young Three Lions play Romania before travelling to face Czech Republic and Portugal.

Charlie Cresswell added an England call-up to his impressive week after he signed a four-year deal with the Whites, Patrick Bamford also received a maiden senior call-up after initially missing out of the 33-man squad for the European Championships this summer.

On the 27-year-old’s inclusion, Gareth Southgate said: “I think this is a fresh cycle, we were always going to pick the bulk of the squad from the summer. We are only two game into the season we were never looking to make a lot of changes.

“There was an opportunity for us in the forward areas and now there’s an opportunity for Patrick [Bamford] as a number nine as well. I think his progress with Leeds has been excellent, very close thing at the end of the season with us and now is a chance for him to come in with us. We worked with him at U21 level anyway, a fabulous moment for him and his family.”

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