Chelsea youngster to captain young England at Euros

Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter was named on Monday morning as captain for England’s campaign at the European Under-21 Championships which began yesterday in Italy.

Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter to captain the Young Lions at the European Under-21 Championships

The central defender, spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

He won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 with the Young England team.

Clarke-Salter said: ‘It's a massive honour for me to captain England at such a big tournament like this. When I look at the players who have played in the Under-21 Euros, along with the quality of the squad we have now, it's such a proud feeling to be named captain.

‘It's a big responsibility to lead the team and make sure we keep our standards as high as we expect them to be on and off the pitch. We know we have a big job to do over the next couple of weeks if we want to achieve the success we hope and believe we can at the Euros.

‘We've got a lot of natural leaders in the team and a lot of talent and we're going to do everything we can to try and win this tournament.’

The Young Lions begin their group stage tomorrow (Tuesday) when they take on France.

They then play Romania on Friday and Croatia a week today. The group winners and one second-place team qualify for the semi-finals.

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