The Football League is set to be well represented in this summer’s European Under-21 Championships following the announcement of Gareth Southgate's provisional England squad.Of the 27 players called-up for the tournament in the Czech Republic, 14 have played in The Football League this term including the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year, Patrick Bamford.
The Chelsea loanee features on the squad list after a superb season at Middlesbrough, and the striker expressed his delight at his inclusion on social media. However, his focus is currently on Wembley, where he will be aiming to fire Boro to glory in Monday's Championship Play-Off Final against Norwich City.
Great news this morning, very much looking forward to the euros this summer! Always an honour, first however eyes on Monday 👀 #U21EUROS— Patrick Bamford (@Patrick_Bamford) May 20, 2015
Bamford will be joined by team-mate Ben Gibson in the Three Lions squad, and another man involved in this weekend's Play-Off clash - Canaries winger Nathan Redmond – will also link up with the group should he make the final 23-man party.
The Football League's top scorer, Benik Afobe, is included after hitting 32 goals in spells for both Milton Keynes Dons and Wolverhampton Wanderers this season, while Derby County are well represented with three of Southgate's squad having played for the Rams during the 2014/15 campaign.
The provisional England Under-21 squad is below:
Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City, loaned to Derby County)
Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Leicester City, loaned to Brentford), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton)
Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, loaned to Reading), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United, loaned to Derby County), Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur, loaned to Brentford), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Patrick Bamford (Chelsea, loaned to Middlesbrough), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)
*Bold denotes players who have played in The Football League