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Four Chelsea players named to England U21 squad

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Despite Paul Scholes' criticism of "too many foreign players" in Chelsea's academy, four Blues' youngsters have been called by manager Gareth Southgate to join England's U21 national team for games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Switzerland.

England's midfield is dominated by Chelsea prospects, with three of the five names in the squad being players under contract with the Blues. They are Nathaniel Chalobah, currently on loan at NapoliRuben Loftus-Cheek, who's been part of Chelsea's first-team squad this season, and Lewis Baker, one of the brightest spots for the Blues loan brigade at Eredivisie club Vitesse.

Also called into the squad was striker Dominic Solanke, in place of injured Manchester United player James Wilson. This should provide a good opportunity for Solanke to earn his first cap at England's U21 national team.

The full English U21 squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Preston North End, loan from Sunderland), Christian Walton (Brighton & Hove Albion), Joe Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday);

Defenders: Tyias Browning (Everton), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough, loan from Southampton), Matt Targett (Southampton);

Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (SSC Napoli, loan from Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton);

Forwards: Chuba Akpom (Hull City, loan from Arsenal), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem, loan from Chelsea), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

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