Of the 21 members of Ian Foster’s victorious England Under-19s squad, 20 of those have EFL connections.
Here, we look at a selection of that winning young Three Lions squad...
Plucked from the non-league pyramid, the Harlow-born defender, who started out at National League outfit Barnet, is currently on the books of Peterborough United. The 19-year-old turned out 34 times in the Sky Bet Championship for the Posh last term, becoming a regular in the second tier after winning promotion with the Club the season prior.
Similarly, Bristol City midfielder Scott enjoyed his breakthrough campaign with Nigel Pearson’s side as they placed 17th in the Championship standings. The teenager linked up with the Robins in December 2019, inking his first professional contract three months later in March of 2021. The 18-year-old scored in the Semi-Final victory over Italy to help the Young Lions book a place in tonight's Final.
After relocating to England aged 13, the Ontario-born forward caught the eye of Sheffield United and, after coming through the ranks at Bramall Lane, headed out on loan to Sky Bet League One side Burton Albion last season. While on the Brewers' books, he earned his first call up to Ian Foster’s squad, opening his account for the Three Lions against Germany in September.
Manchester City starlet Doyle added a promotion to his CV last term, coming on as a substitute for Sunderland in the League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium during a season-long stint with the Black Cats. The defender made his bow for his parent Club in a 1-1 draw with Lincoln City in the Papa Johns Trophy in November 2020.
Norton-Cuffy made the switch to League One Lincoln City during the January transfer window last season, having played his part in the Arsenal Under-21s side which made it through to the Quarter-Final of the Papa Johns Trophy – a competition he made his Gunners bow in. The on-loan defender made 17 appearances for the Imps before returning to Arsenal.
The Burton Albion Academy graduate caught the eye of Chelsea before re-joining the Brewers on loan after inking terms with the Blues in September 2020. The young stopper stayed on loan at his boyhood Club for the 2020/21 campaign, featuring for Burton in the Papa Johns Trophy, when he made his debut last summer, and the Carabao Cup prior to making a permanent move to West London.
Ramsey made 15 appearances during the second half of the 2021/22 season while on loan at Cheltenham Town from Aston Villa. The midfielder, who began his international career at Under-16s, kicked off his campaign with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Barrow in Round Two of the Carabao Cup as Villa cruised through to Round Three.