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FIFA World Cup: Homegrown EFL talent helps England to Semi-Finals

England reach the last four for the first time since 1990

9 July 2018

England have reached the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup for just the third time in their history, following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 quarter-final triumph against Sweden.

Harry Maguire, who came through the ranks at Sheffield United, put England on their way with a first-half header, before Dele Alli – a product of Milton Keynes Dons' Academy – nodded home the second goal.

Of the 23 players in the squad, all but three made their way to the top through the ranks of an EFL club, or made their professional debut in either the EFL or League Cup.

England qualified from Group G with wins over Panama and Tunisia, before seeing off Colombia and the Swedes in the knockout stages.

Croatia are up next, on Wednesday evening, with the winner going through to face France or Belgium in Sunday's World Cup Final.

The EFL are delighted to see these players progress into seasoned internationals, and we continue to wish Gareth Southgate and his side every success in Russia. Bring it home!

Below is the England squad, alongside the club where the player was either developed or made their professional debut.

Jack Butland – Birmingham City
Jordan Pickford – Sunderland
Nick Pope – Charlton Athletic

Trent Alexander-Arnold – professional debut in League Cup with Liverpool
Gary Cahill – Aston Villa
Phil Jones – Blackburn Rovers
Harry Maguire – Sheffield United
Danny Rose – Leeds United
John Stones – Barnsley
Kieran Trippier – League debut with Barnsley
Kyle Walker – Sheffield United
Ashley Young – League debut with Watford in the EFL

Dele Alli – Milton Keynes Dons
Fabian Delph – Leeds United
Eric Dier
Jordan Henderson – Sunderland
Jesse Lingard – League debut with Leicester City in the EFL
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Raheem Sterling – Queens Park Rangers

Harry Kane – League debut with Leyton Orient in the EFL
Marcus Rashford
Jamie Vardy – League debut with Leicester City in the EFL
Danny Welbeck – professional debut in League Cup with Manchester United

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