With both Sean and Matty Longstaff likely to continue their midfield pairing at Chelsea on Saturday, the game could feature quite a few future England internationals.
Earlier in the week, England U-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd had this to say about 19-year-old Matty Longstaff:
“We are certainly aware of him. It’s a little bit early. There are one or two who have been at it for a period of time. That’s not to say he won’t get in because I’ve been to see him.
“Last week was brilliant – it was great to see and great for football I thought. The whole crowd connected with it.
“He’s up against some good players in Tom Davies, Joe Willock, Phil Foden, and Oliver Skipp. There is some talent there – it’s a tough area to break into.”
While Matty has yet to feature at any level for England, if he can push on from the Manchester United performance, he could have some international call-ups in his future.
Likewise, his older brother Sean has yet to feature at any level internationally. However, his performances last year put him on the radar for an England call-up. If he too continues to progress, an England cap could be forthcoming for the 21-year-old.
Chelsea feature a quartet of top young English talent in Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Twenty-two-year old striker Tammy Abraham has finally gotten his chance to shine at Chelsea this season. He has not let Chelsea manager Frank Lampard down. Abraham has scored 9 goals in his 11 appearances this term. His 8 Premier League goals are joint top with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Tammy already has 3 caps for England. He’s undoubtedly going to get quite a few more before his playing days are over.
20-year-old midfielder Mason Mount, like Abraham, has broken into the Chelsea first-team with aplomb this season. After spending last season on loan with Derby, Mount has started every Premier League and Champions League match for Chelsea. He has contributed 4 goals and an assist over his 11 appearances.
Mount has appeared 4 times for the England team since his debut this past September. He, too, has a bright England future ahead of him.
19-year-old right-back Reece James was recently called up to the England U-21 side by Aidy Boothroyd. While on international duty, he picked up an ankle injury that has limited his appearances for Chelsea this season. His fitness will be assessed ahead of the Newcastle match on Saturday.
James is a Chelsea Academy product who was outstanding on loan at Wigan last season. He also looks to have a promising future for both Chelsea and England.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is another Chelsea Academy product who is about to burst into something special. The 18-year-old winger re-upped with Chelsea this summer after being linked with European giants like Bayern Munich.
An Achilles tendon injury suffered in April has stunted Hudson-Odoi’s progress, but he returned to the Chelsea team late last month. He made his England debut in March as a substitute against the Czech Republic in a 2020 Euro qualifier. He started the next match against Montenegro. Unfortunately, he suffered his serious injury just a month later.
This upcoming match could feature a few future England stars. With the potential of six future internationals taking the field on Saturday if each player reaches their vast potential.
We believe the Longstaff brothers will be able to hold their own against these Chelsea starlets.