England rounded off a hugely successful summer of international football by winning the European Under-19 Championship, adding to their Under-20 World Cup and Toulon successes in June.
There was plenty of EFL experience amongst the ranks at the Finals in Georgia, with 13 of the 18-man squad featuring for an EFL club or playing in the Checkatrade Trophy last season.
The Young Lions claimed the crown by defeating Portugal 2-1, with Aston Villa’s talented defender Easah Suliman — who played nine times for Cheltenham Town on loan last term — putting them on their way with the opening goal.
After being pegged back, the Young Lions clinched another memorable victory courtesy of Lukas Nmecha, who tapped in after good work from Mason Mount — one of several Chelsea players who played Checkatrade Trophy football in 2016/17.
Captain Jay Da Silva, another Chelsea youngster, had the honour of lifting the trophy in the celebrations at the end of the match. The defender was another to play in the EFL last season, making 10 appearances for Charlton Athletic on loan.
Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, who had a memorable breakthrough year in the Sky Bet Championship, featured in all of his country’s matches. Cottagers teammate Tayo Edun, Ipswich Town’s Andre Dozzell, and Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton also played a key part in the success.
The EFL wants to congratulate the whole squad and coaching staff on a fantastic achievement.
England's European Under-19 Championships winners
Aaron Ramsdale - AFC Bournemouth (Sheffield United, loan)
Nathan Trott - West Ham United
Dujon Sterling - Chelsea (Checkatrade Trophy)
Jay Da Silva - Chelsea (Charlton Athletic, loan)
Tayo Edun - Fulham
Trevoh Chalobah - Chelsea (Checkatrade Trophy)
Easah Suliman - Aston Villa (Cheltenham Town, loan)
Ryan Sessegnon - Fulham
Darnell Johnson - Leicester City (Checkatrade Trophy)
Reece James - Chelsea (Checkatrade Trophy)
Andre Dozzell - Ipswich Town
Mason Mount - Chelsea (Checkatrade Trophy)
Marcus Edwards - Tottenham Hotspur
Josh Da Silva - Arsenal
Jacob Maddox - Chelsea (Checkatrade Trophy)
Isaac Buckley-Ricketts - Manchester City
Ben Brereton - Nottingham Forest
Lukas Nmecha - Manchester City